September 2008Vol. 9, No. 7Reports on Grantee Site Visits Available Online
Children's Bureau Discretionary Grants promote research and program development in specified areas of child welfare by funding many projects around the country. Recent efforts have focused on such areas as the development of training models to improve the recruitment and retention of child welfare workers, training for rural child welfare workers, and cultural competency training for those who work with Hispanic children and families. Staff from the Children's Bureau Division of Research and Innovation visit all the grantees in selected "clusters" during the funding period to check on their progress and learn about any preliminary results.
Reports from these site visits are now starting to be made available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website. The reports are presented in a tab format that includes:
- Project description
- Site visit highlights
- Lessons learned
- Attachments of other documents and resources
The first site visit reports posted were from the "Developing Models of Effective Child Welfare Staff Recruitment and Retention Training" projects. Although the funding period for these 5-year projects is just now coming to an end, site visits made in 2006 and 2007 highlight early successes and innovative strategies of each grantee. A number of the grantees developed curricula and training materials early in the funding period; by the time of the site visits, they already were implementing training and beginning to collect evaluation data.
The site visit reports will be of interest to other Children's Bureau grantees, as well as to States and agencies looking for information on the latest innovative strategies and promising practices in child welfare. More reports are being added, so check the website often for updates:
Children's Bureau Express last wrote about the Recruitment and Retention grantees in "Developing Models for Workforce Recruitment and Retention" (July/August 2008).