The Data Leaders for Child Welfare Program web-based learning management system provides participants with easy-to-use tutorials and booklets. Child welfare program staff are welcome to explore the Data Leaders web-based course and preview the Data Leaders Training Guide and all supplemental materials. We are happy to give you access to our library of publications free of cost.


Web-based Learning Management System
This website houses all the components needed for promotion, participant application and registration process, lessons, multimedia, surveys, tutorials, and evaluation tools.

Data Leaders-At-A-Glance
A ten-page overview of the training process that illustrates key activities in all nine sessions including classroom days and coaching days.

A review of the New Mexico Data Leaders and Quality Improvement program by the Butler Institute for Families, Denver University.

Training Guide
This publication contains the complete curriculum for the nine-session program, including learning objectives, core competencies, and detailed instructions on facilitating the face-to-face classroom and coaching experiences.

This document outlines the course objectives and assignments for participants, including an overview of each of the nine lessons.

Logic Model
This document provides an overview of the process including purpose of the program, goals, inputs, activities, outputs, short-term (individual-level) outcomes, intermediate (agency-level) outcomes, and long-term Outcomes.


Promotional Flyer
This two-page document provides an overview, including learning objectives, time commitment, benefits to the participants and local offices they come from, and contact information.

Guide to Experiments: Dig Deeper
This publication illustrates the agency innovation areas to be developed by participants and their offices. This may include a wide variety of areas such as: increasing placement stability, reducing repeat maltreatment, assessing parents' and guardians' needs, increasing fatherhood engagement, using technology to decrease staff travel time, using learning management systems for training staff and foster parents, building community capacity, and recruiting and retaining staff.


Overview Presentations
These six-panel presentations provide an overview of each lesson's learning objectives each month. They are used by the instructors and as a way for participants to share objectives with their local offices.

Communication Activities
These one-page activities are designed to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and debate among participants each month. They are also used by participants as a way to generate conversations about local innovations.

These surveys are designed to be used once a month by participants in their local offices. The surveys can assess what co-workers think about local innovations and the Continuous Quality Improvement process.


Guide to the Protective Services Process
This publication provides an overview of the entire Protective Services process, including policies and protocols guiding Statewide Central Intake, Investigations, Permanency Planning and Placement, and In-Home Services.

Guide to the Protective Services Work Flow
This publication uses infographics and flow charts to illustrate the often complex work flow within the various areas of Protective Services including Statewide Central Intake, Investigations, Permanency Planning and Placement, and In-Home Services.

Avoiding Child Welfare Data Abuse: 6 Activities
This booklet provides an overview of six ways data can be misused and abuse. The concepts include: Comparing apples and oranges, using "snapshots" and small samples, relying on unrepresentative findings, logically "flipping" statistics, falsely assuming an association to be causal, and relying on summary statistics.

Guide to Data Concepts in Child Welfare: An Overview
This booklet provides and overview of key data concepts used during the process and includes: terminology, tables, and graphs.

What do data tell us about our work, children and families?
This booklet provides activities focused on telling a story about child welfare and the families we serve using data.

Guidelines for Critical Review of Research Articles
This document provides twelve key questions that can help determine the quality of research used to inform innovation.


These publications, used to support each lesson, provide an overview of key concepts related to data-informed decision-making, creating local innovations and change initiatives and the entire Continuous Quality Improvement process.

Step 1: Begin Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
Tutorial: What is CQI?
Tutorial: What is the assessment phase of CQI?
Tutorial: How do data help describe clients?
Tutorial: What's an effective way to present to colleagues?

Step 2: Assess Workflow Challenges and Strengths
Tutorial: What is the Child Protectives Services workflow?
Tutorial: How do data identify strengths and challenges?
Tutorial: What is root cause analysis?

Step 3: Plan with CQI
Tutorial: What is the planning phase of CQI?
Tutorial: What is a logic model?
Tutorial: How can CQI impact the local office?
Tutorial: How does CPS data inform CQI?
Tutorial: How can CQI be linked to state goals?

Step 4: Explore Evidence-Based Practice
Tutorial: How do we analyze policy?
Tutorial: What does "evidence-informed" mean?
Tutorial: How does science inform our practice?

Step 5: Test a Hypothesis and Collect Evidence
Tutorial: What is the action phase of CQI?
Tutorial: What are experiments?
Tutorial: How does one use data to collect evidence?
Tutorial: How does one create, test, and prove a hypothesis?

Step 6: Use Data to Inform Action
Tutorial: What is data-informed decision-making?
Tutorial: Outside of the child welfare system, how are community services strengthened?
Tutorial: What are theories of change?

Step 7: Evaluate Results with Data
Tutorial: What is the evaluation phase of CQI?
Tutorial: How can you evaluate your progress with your experiment?
Tutorial: How can your office create measurable goals?
Tutorial: How can office climate impact experiments?

Step 8: Communicate About Change
Tutorial: How is change best communicated face-to-face and online?
Tutorial: What are effective ways to discuss change with community partners?
Tutorial: How can courageous conversations support experiments?
Tutorial: How can technology support change?

Step 9: Get to Results
Tutorial: Why do we need to return to the assessment phase?
Tutorial: How do we commit to long-term change?

For more information about accessing and reviewing all materials—please contact us.