Building Knowledge to Improve Workforce Outcomes

The Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) is dedicated to understanding how to improve child welfare workforce outcomes.

Staff recruitment and retention are persistent challenges for many child welfare agencies. In addition to being costly, staff turnover can negatively impact the relationship between families and the agency.

These challenges are compounded by a lack of research on effective strategies to attract and retain child welfare workers.

The QIC-WD will synthesize the current state of trends and research and generate new knowledge about effective strategies to improve workforce outcomes.

A Partnership

Through a five-year cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau, the QIC-WD is led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln in partnership with experts from University of Colorado, Denver; University of Louisville; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; C.F. Parry Associates; CLH Strategies & Solutions; and Great Eastern Consulting.

Working with the QIC-WD

The QIC-WD will partner with 5–10 public and tribal child welfare agencies interested in being on the cutting edge of system reform as it relates to workforce issues.

Selected sites will be Title IV-B funded and include organizations interested in improving:

  • Challenges such as worker recruitment, retention, satisfaction, and intention to stay
  • Accurate identification of workforce issues
  • Agency culture and climate
  • Implementation strategies to enhance workforce development

Thank you to all who applied to be a QIC-WD site. Site selection is currently underway. Final site selection will be announced in August 2017.

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Dr. Michelle Graef QIC-WD Project Director

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