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Continuous Quality Improvement

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Framework for Managing with Data


Developed by the National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology, the Framework for Managing with Data is a tool to assist agencies in using data to improve outcomes for children. The framework will help you:

  • Engage staff at all levels and community partners throughout the process;
  • Clarify and focus on an area or issue of interest;
  • Consider key questions within your focus that you want to answer with data;
  • Identify and select the appropriate and most useful data to examine the issue and answer your questions;
  • Analyze data to explain what might be driving practice;
  • Select appropriate strategies/tools;
  • Develop an implementation plan that includes data monitoring;
  • Monitor and assess implementation of the plan in relation to the expected results.

The Framework's Five Key Steps:

  1. Define an Area of Focus and Key Questions
  2. Use Data to Explain
  3. Use Data to Select Strategies and Tools
  4. Design and Implement Plan
  5. Use Data to Monitor/CQI

Download Framework for Managing Data: An Overview (PDF - 233 KB)

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