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April 2007Vol. 8, No. 3Recruitment and Retention Strategies Manual

The SMARRT Manual (Strategies Matrix Approach to Recruitment and Retention Techniques) is designed to help child welfare agencies develop effective strategies for recruitment, selection, training, and retention of personnel. It includes research-based findings as well as a wide range of experiential information, providing child welfare professionals with practical, hands-on tools and information to begin implementing these strategies in their own agencies.

The SMARRT Manual was produced as part of the Western Regional Recruitment and Retention Project by the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau. The manual is available online: (1.55 - MB)

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An article in the November 2006 issue of Children's Bureau Express, "Workforce Recruitment and Retention in Three Western States," described the Western Regional Recruitment and Retention Project.