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The Workforce Development Framework
You and your team are on a challenging, yet highly meaningful and worthwhile, journey of workforce development. Developing the Action Plan is just one step along the path. It represents the customized “roadmap” for your agency.
We know that implementing and sustaining your Action Plan will present a new set of challenges. There will be roadblocks along the way.
Recent research points to the science of change management and the factors that contribute to successful implementation of a change effort.
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By using a structured, evidence-informed change implementation process, your agency will be more likely to achieve and sustain long-term success in developing and retaining a committed child welfare workforce—one that embraces the vision and mission of your agency and its critical role in supporting positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.
Remember—the workforce matters! Use NCCWI's powerful infographic, Why the Worforce Matters, to help spread the word to your team and agency.
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