• Professional Education for Child Welfare Practice: Improving Retention In Public Child Welfare Agencies

      Zlotnik, Joan Levy; DePanfilis, Diane; Daining, Clara; McDermott Lane, Melissa (2005-07)
      A recent systematic review of research and outcome studies was undertaken by the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Social Work to answer the question: What conditions (personal and organizational factors) and strategies influence the retention of staff in public child welfare agencies? Of the 154 studies and reports found, 25 research studies specifically focused on child welfare populations and examined retention as the dependent variable. Of those research reports, seven focused on a specific strategy – Title IV-E Education for Child Welfare Practice — in examining retention outcomes. This Brief provides information about the Title IV-E Education for Child Welfare Practice program and examines the findings of those seven studies. This can both inform the field about the outcomes of Title IV-E supported educational opportunities as well as effective retention strategies.
    • Retaining Competent Child Welfare Workers: Lessons From Research

      Zlotnik, Joan Levy; DePanfilis, Diane; Daining, Clara; McDermott Lane, Melissa (2005-07)
      To determine effective retention strategies that child welfare agencies can implement, the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Center for Families and Institute for Human Services Policy, and with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Human Services Workforce Initiative, undertook a systematic review of research and outcome studies to answer the question: What conditions and strategies influence the retention of staff in public child welfare? Conditions include both personal and organizational factors, and strategies are actions taken by some entity that are targeted to retain staff. A synthesis of results across studies can provide lessons learned that can be used by practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers, and administrators to take steps to increase the retention of a competent child welfare workforce.
    • Understanding Retention In Child Welfare: Suggestions For Further Research And Evaluation

      Zlotnik, Joan Levy; DePanfilis, Diane; Daining, Clara; McDermott Lane, Melissa (2005-07)
      A recent systematic review of research on retention in child welfare, undertaken by the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Social Work, identified 25 studies over the past three decades that specifically address the conditions and factors that influence retention and the strategies that have been implemented to increase retention. However, analysis of the differences across these studies and the limitations of the available research lead to recommendations for future studies. The focus of this Brief is to discuss these research design issues and to make recommendations to the field about methods to enhance the scope and quality of research efforts to address retention issues.