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Introduction to Implementation Toolkits

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An implementation toolkit provides the resources or guidance needed to execute a new practice, program, or intervention. This Toolkit, developed by the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), acts as an introduction to the concept of a toolkit and implementation science by explaining the structure, function and purpose of a toolkit's sections through the example of a toolkit itself. Its various subsections reference additional toolkits created by CalSWEC for public human service agencies and their stakeholders in California. If you are beginning a new intervention or program, these materials will assist in structuring your work so that you systematically define the intervention, communicate about it, and evaluate it. You can use the templates to create your own Implementation Toolkit.

Material Type: Interactive

Author: Tim Wohltmann

Team Decision Making (TDM) Toolkit

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The most critical placement decisions that child welfare agencies make are sometimes executed by its newest and least experienced staff. Many times the social worker is overworked, undertrained, and relatively isolated. Therefore, it is very important that social work staff and other Team Decision Making (TDM) participants make the best decisions on behalf of children. The same social worker is often considering the future of many other families with similar placement decisions. The worker completes a risk assessment tool, consults with their supervisor, and makes a decision about whether to remove a child based on the information gathered. These decisions are vitally important and should not be considered lightly. TDM is a method for bringing interested and vested parties together to make better decisions, which ultimately should impact placement and permanency in child welfare. This resource provides an overview of TDM and details a process of implementing the practice within a child welfare organization. It contains a set of practical tools, which can be used together or separately, to help implementers systematically execute and evaluate the new practice, program, or intervention. Toolkits can be tailored to meet stakeholder needs based on the parameters of their projects.

Material Type: Reading

Author: California Social Work Education Center

Successful Intervention With Substance Abusers

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This program explores the correlation between the reduction of the incidence of substance abuse and the reduction of the incidence of child abuse. Estimates indicate that 40-60% of child abuse cases are substance-abuse related, yet meager resources and attention are directed toward alleviating this problem. This video offers six elements that provide a framework for successful intervention with substance abusers. Three role-playing scenarios show how these elements are incorporated into situations that social workers encounter in the field, translating classroom learning into practice.

Material Type: Lecture

Core 2.5 Field Advisor and the Field Guide: Getting to Know the Roles and Activities

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This resource contains class materials for the Core 2.5 Field Advisor and Field Guide Training, which is designed for prospective field advisors. California Child Welfare Common Core 3.0 (and 2.5) requires new social workers to engage in a specific set of field based activities that will enhance their learning of the in-class sessions. Each new social worker will be assigned a Field Advisor (most likely his or her supervisor) to work through these activities.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment

Author: Northern California Training Academy

Collaborative Leadership Institute

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This resource provides access to the Northern California Training Academy's 2013 Collaborative Leadership Institute Series materials, which was based on a collaborative leadership model focused on improving the lives of children and families in the child welfare system. To learn more about the Academy and conferences/courses offered, please visit

Material Type: Lecture, Reading

Author: Northern California Training Academy

CQI Modules

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The following modules and their accompanying workbooks focus on a number of topics that relate to the development of the CQI process in child welfare. Topics include an introduction to CQI, a look at the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle and the development of best practice principles in measurement. Additional modules focus on CQI as it relates to evaluation, case reviews and child welfare leadership.

Material Type: Lecture, Module

Author: Northern California Training Academy