Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

Public child welfare systems (CWS) in the United States are populated with vulnerable children and families at high risk of negative outcomes, including substance use, risky sexual behavior, delinquency, incarceration, homelessness, and early mortality. This project will evaluate the effectiveness of a supervisor-targeted implementation strategy in creating organizational change and positive family outcomes such as placement permanency, child stability and well-being.

Project Overview

This NIDA-funded study will evaluate the effectiveness of a supervisor-targeted implementation strategy in creating organizational change and subsequent positive family outcomes. The R3 Supervisor Strategy (R3) was developed to modify the way that the CWS workforce supports families toward completing their treatment plans. Training, consultation, and fidelity-monitoring is provided to supervisors, who are centrally positioned in the system between caseworkers (who have daily interactions with CWS-involved families) and leadership (who make decisions that affect the organization in which families receive services). The three Rs are founded on social learning theory and include reinforcement of (1) effort, (2) relationships and roles, and (3) small steps toward goal achievement. This project will examine: (1) the potential of R3 to influence supervisor interactions with caseworkers and subsequent family outcomes; (2) the impact of R3 on organizational characteristics known to impact staff retention and the successful adoption of innovations such as climate, leadership, readiness, and citizenship; and (3) the potential for maintaining fidelity standards to the R3 strategy as consultation and coaching are fully transferred to the child welfare system.

Year Project Began: 2015

Formerly Affiliated Principal Investigator:

  • Lisa Saldana, Ph.D.