• October 2012
  • Vol. 13, No. 9

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Continuous Quality Improvement

The National Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) recently conducted an information-gathering project in which individual State Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) data are compiled. The results of the project have been published on a new NRCOI website where data is available by State and by topic. A total of 33 States provided information on their CQI systems through phone interviews. Representatives were asked to describe their State's CQI structure and to discuss specific elements of the structure; staff qualifications, responsibilities, and training; their use of data; stakeholder involvement; and future plans, among other topics. NRCOI staff were provided a discussion guide, which is also available on the website, for their informally structured interviews with State child welfare CQI leads. The website and State descriptions also provide:

  • Lists of summary documents for each description by State, where available, such as State protocols, instructions, plans, and practices
  • The date, name, and contact information of the State child welfare CQI leads interviewed
  • Additional NRCOI resources related to CQI
  • Information on CQI training and technical assistance services offered by NRCOI

By compiling and sharing information on State CQI systems and practices, the NRCOI hopes to provide a valuable resource and inspiration for different quality improvement strategies and implementation methods.

To read more about the project and to access State data and descriptions, visit the NRCOI website:

http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/helpkids/cqiproject.htm

Related Item

The Administration for Children and Families(ACF) released an Information Memorandum (IM) in August providing State title IV-B and IV-E child welfare agencies with information about establishing and maintaining CQI systems and claiming allowable Federal financial participation costs for CQI. The IM is available on ACF's website: 

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/laws_policies/policy/im/2012/im1207.pdf (315 KB)

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