Building a Post-Care Service System in Child Welfare:
Lessons Learned from the Frontlines of Implementation Science in Catawba County

Partnering with the Duke Endowment, Child Trends, and the Catawba County Department of Social Services, the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) has developed a series of briefs on implementation lessons learned from a study on the effects of post-care supportive services on former foster children and their permanent families.  The following three briefs are available on Child Trends:

    1. 1.  Implementing a Post-Care Service System in Child Welfare: The Catawba County Child Wellbeing Project describes the Project’s origins and historical context.


    1. 2.  Using Implementation Science to Support and Align Practice and System Change: A Case Study of the Catawba County Child Wellbeing Project details how implementation science principles informed technical assistance strategies used in Catawba County to support the full and effective use of evidence-based and evidence-informed practices (EBPs/EIPs).


  1. 3.  Building the Child Wellbeing Project: Practitioners’ Perspectives on the Role of Implementation Science in Strengthening Post-Care Child Welfare Services provides additional background information on the initiative and greater detail about the use of implementation science to help bring about systems change.

For additional information about the implementation strategies used by NIRN researchers, Allison Metz and Leah Bartley have published an article, Active Implementation Frameworks for Program Success:  How to Use Implementation Science to Improve Outcomes for Children.  They discuss four implementation frameworks—implementation stages; implementation drivers, policy-practice feedback loops; and organized, expert implementation support.

For a copy of the article, click here.