What is it?

The Workforce Development Planning & Assessment Tool Kit (Tool Kit) is a companion resource to the Workforce Development Framework (WDF).

The Workforce Development Framework

The entire Workforce Development Framework is show. On the right side, steps 1 - 4 in the Workforce Development Planning Process of the Workforce Development Framework (WDF) are highlighted. The four steps include: Step 1. Identify Need: Organizational Assessment, Step 2. Gather Data: Environmental Assessment, step 3. Analyze Workforce Supply & Demand, Step 4. Identify Gaps, Step 5. Close the Gaps, and Step 6. Monitor & Evaluate.The left-side of the Workforce Development Framework (WDF), shows the following components within Step 5-Close the Gaps, displayed in a circular workflow: 1. Job Analysis & Position Requirements, 2. Education & Professional Preparation, 3. Recruitment, Screening, & Selection, 4. Incentives & Work Conditions, 5. Professional Development Training, 6. Organizational Environment, 7. Community Context, 8. Supervision & Performance Management. In the middle of the circle, there is a component labeled as , Mission, Values. Surrounding the Vision, Mission, Values is another component, labeled Leadership.

The Workforce Development Framework (WDF) and its accompanying brief were developed by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) in 2015 to provide critical workforce guidance to the field of child welfare.

The WDF is based upon a comprehensive review of the workforce development literature across multiple professions in the public and private sector. It's intended to help child welfare agencies and leaders understand best and promising practices in developing a workplace that is:

  • Competent
  • Committed
  • Diverse
  • Inclusive
  • Welcoming

The WDF Tool Kit

The Tool Kit applies the WDF to an agency setting and offers a comprehensive and integrated approach for creating a workforce development roadmap.

  1. First, it guides you through the Planning Process.
    • It introduces tools to systematically gather information about your agency’s current workforce strengths and gaps.
    • It also guides you to look at the internal and external context of your agency, which influences its ability to hire and support a skilled workforce.
    • Download and print the Quick Guide to the Planning Process.
  2. Next, you'll Explore the Components & Strategies.
    • This is informed by the information generated in the planning and assessment process.
    • You'll explore 10 distinct yet interconnected Workforce Development Components.
    • We provide examples of strategies that help to close the gap between your agency’s current workforce and the workforce most needed to support your mission and vision.
    • Download and print the Quick Guide to Exploration.
  3. Then, you'll Put it all Together.
    • You'll prioritize and select one or more strategies to address the agency’s workforce gaps.
    • You'll develop an Action Plan.
    • You'll monitor and evaluate its impact.



Many Thanks.

This publication represents a collaborative effort:

Many thanks to NCWWI colleagues Freda Bernotavicz, Charmaine Brittain, Nancy Dickinson, Sharon Kollar, Mary McCarthy, Sara Munson, and Cheryl Williams-Hecksel who reviewed multiple drafts and offered critical and constructive ideas and suggestions. The Workforce Development Planning & Assessment Tool Kit was further strengthened by the keen editing skills of Eden Abraham, the collaborative and thorough worksheet design and formatting skills of Sarah Roman, and the creative and synergetic manual and web design and development of Melissa Thompson.

NCWWI is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with U.S. DHHS, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, Award No. 90CT7002. Special thanks to Rebecca Huffman, Children’s Bureau Project Officer, and Robert Lindecamp, Child Welfare Program Specialist (CB/ICF), for their support.

Principal Author:

Nancy C. McDaniel, MPA, Butler Institute for Families, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

Recommended citation:

National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. (2016). Workforce development planning and assessment Tool Kit: A companion to the workforce development framework (Tool Kit). Albany, NY: University of Albany

For more information: Please visit the NCWWI website at www.ncwwi.org

©2016, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, University at Albany, Albany, NY

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