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December/January 2023Vol. 23, No. 10QIC-WD to Hold Webinars on Workforce Retention

Child welfare leaders from across the country have expressed concerns about how best to manage and retain their workforce. Last fall, they submitted questions to the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD). QIC-WD will be hosting the following webinars, drawing from the available research and the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of experts, to respond to the field’s pertinent workforce questions. Each webinar will be 1 hour in duration. They are designed for supervisors, managers, human resources (HR) professionals, and other child welfare decision-makers. Register for one or all webinars on the QIC-WD website. Dates and times could shift, and additional webinars may be added so you are encouraged to monitor the website for the latest information.

  • "Supporting Virtual Supervision as part of a Hybrid Workforce"

Wednesday, February 8, 2023: 11 A.M. PT/12 P.M. MT/1 P.M. CT/2 P.M. ET

  • "Measuring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in your Child Welfare Workforce"

Tuesday, April 18, 2023: 11 A.M. PT/12 P.M. MT/1 P.M. CT/2 P.M. ET

  • "Attracting and Hiring Workers: Evidence-informed Strategies" 

Tuesday, June 6, 2023: 10 A.M. PT/11 A.M. MT/12 P.M. CT/1 P.M. ET

If you have additional workforce questions, check out available evidence-informed QIC-WD resources on topics from recruitment to retention and many common challenges in between.

  • Umbrella Summaries provide a synopsis of the published meta-analyses of a specific workforce topic. The research is summarized in a straightforward question-and-answer format. Each summary highlights the implications of the research for child welfare professionals.
  • QIC-Takes summarize key workforce issues, document what the QIC-WD team is seeing in the field, and provide recommendations for future action by child welfare decision makers.
  • QIC-Tips provide succinct, evidence-informed guidance on workforce-related topics.

You can review the videos and summaries of the work QIC-WD has recently completed with eight public child welfare agencies to identify, implement, and evaluate workforce interventions that address resiliency, onboarding, job design, selection, technology, agency culture and climate, supportive supervision, and telework. Resources from QIC-WD’s institutes on workforce data analytics are also available and provide information on topics such as workforce metrics, linking HR and child welfare data, and workforce scorecards.

QIC-WD is dedicated to bringing reliable, research-informed information to child welfare directors, HR professionals, and other decision-makers tasked with supporting the child welfare workforce. Their team continues to add resources to their webpage as they finalize evaluation reports from their site work and lead additional site-based projects to establish data dashboards and conduct rapid evaluations of recruitment efforts. Sign up for the QIC-WD newsletter or follow the project on Twitter (@QICWD) to stay informed.