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April 2018Vol. 19, No. 3Child Welfare Information Gateway Releases the <em>Workforce</em> Podcast Series

Child Welfare Information Gateway has released the first three episodes of the Workforce podcast series. The Workforce podcasts aim to help child welfare agencies in implementing an integrated strategy across multiple domains to achieve workforce development goals, including reducing turnover, building staff capacity, enhancing leadership skills, improving outcomes, and reducing costs.

The following Workforce podcasts are now available:

  • "Workforce Part 1 - The Workforce Development Framework" focuses on the essential elements and implementation of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute's Workforce Development Framework. The framework provides an integrated approach to continuously assess, plan, and implement strategies to address workforce gaps and evaluate results. This podcast features Charmaine Brittain, M.S.W., Ph.D., director, Organization Development, Butler Institute for Families; and Sharon Kollar, L.M.S.W., senior research support specialist, University at Albany School of Social Welfare.
  • "Workforce Part 2 - A State's Approach to Change" provides an example of how the Connecticut Department of Children and Families used outcome data to identify specific staff attributes as well as technical barriers that needed to be addressed, engaged and received buy-in from partner agencies and organizations, and applied implementation science and assistance from NCWWI to improve manager and supervisor leadership. The podcast features Jodi Hill-Lilly, director, Academy for Workforce Development, Connecticut Department of Children and Families; and Fernando Muniz, deputy commissioner, Connecticut Department of Children and Families.
  • "Workforce Part 3 - Child Welfare Scholars" highlights a collaboration between the University of North Dakota School of Social Work and state child welfare agencies to support current professio working toward their masters in social work degrees. The program also creates an information-sharing network of students, agencies, and leaders, which helps the University of North Dakota to revise and update its curricula. The podcast features Carenlee Barkdull, chair, University of South Dakota School of Social Work, and Vincent Roehr, M.S.W. student, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations.

The final installment, "Workforce Part 4 - Creating Change at the Local Level," will be released mid-April 2018 and will be available at the Children's Bureau website.
"Workforce, Parts 1-3" are available at