Back to the Basics: Proven Approach to Identify, Tackle and Overcome Backlog

To effectively prepare for, navigate, and manage redetermination and associated program backlogs that will undoubtedly develop in the coming weeks and months as agencies unwind PHE, here are five critical steps agencies can take.

How Will Your Child Welfare System Stack Up Against the Laws of Gravity

Our child welfare systems can feel like we are in a game of Jenga. We are attempting to grow and expand our systems by moving pieces one by one - while stretching our limited capacity. But with each move, the entire system risks collapse, particularly with worker shortages.

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Band of Brothers

Accountability systems rarely work as they affix blame instead of fix systems. They also produce devastating side effects including workers gaming the measurement system and increase fear. There is a better way.

Family First… Second: Finding a solution to managing the workflow

The goals associated with Family First are both noble and needed. If we do not fix our capacity crisis in child welfare, we may never see the results we hope to achieve.

The Fen-Phen Phenomenon is Killing Our Children

We all agree child welfare in our world is not as healthy as we would like it to be. No one wants to see vulnerable children at risk, but it seems like every attempt to get healthier isn’t working, and we are all clinging to the hope that the next thing we try will be the real deal.

One and Done: The Strategy and Measures You Need to Make Your Call Center Work

In the face of increased customer demand and decreased resources, many human service agencies have turned to call centers in the hopes of serving more customers at less cost. What these agencies are quickly discovering is that phone centers actually drive up costs while killing employee and customer satisfaction at the exact same time. How [...]

The Dark Side of Accountability

Ken Miller draws from his latest book to explain how management-by-fear accountability systems rarely work and produce devastating side effects.

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