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Variability in the implementation of Team Decisionmaking (TDM): Scope and compliance with the Family to Family practice model

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  • Crea, Thomas M.
  • Crampton, David S.
  • Abramson-Madden, Anne
  • Usher, Charles L.

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Team Decisionmaking (TDM) is a method of making child welfare placement decisions that draws from the perspectives of family members, community representatives and agency staff members to determine the best placement options for children. This article compares three communities which had different experiences in their implementation of TDM. During the time of this study, the first experienced uneven TDM implementation due to changes in leadership; the second had enthusiastic implementation due to strong agency support; and the third had mature implementation because of a long history of TDM use. The three communities are compared in terms of qualitative analysis of interviews with key informants and quantitative analysis of TDM statistics and foster care placement trends. The study highlights the value of examining implementation from multiple perspectives to better understand what leads to effective implementation.

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  • Crea, Thomas M. & Crampton, David S. & Abramson-Madden, Anne & Usher, Charles L., 2008. "Variability in the implementation of Team Decisionmaking (TDM): Scope and compliance with the Family to Family practice model," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(11), pages 1221-1232, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:30:y:2008:i:11:p:1221-1232
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    1. Bearman, Sarah Kate & Garland, Ann F. & Schoenwald, Sonja K., 2014. "From practice to evidence in child welfare: Model specification and fidelity measurement of Team Decisionmaking," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 153-159.
    2. Pennell, Joan & Edwards, Myles & Burford, Gale, 2010. "Expedited family group engagement and child permanency," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(7), pages 1012-1019, July.
    3. Crea, Thomas M. & Crampton, David S., 2011. "The context of program implementation and evaluation: A pilot study of interorganizational differences to improve child welfare reform efforts," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(11), pages 2273-2281.
    4. Hurlburt, Michael & Aarons, Gregory A. & Fettes, Danielle & Willging, Cathleen & Gunderson, Lara & Chaffin, Mark J., 2014. "Interagency Collaborative Team model for capacity building to scale-up evidence-based practice," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 160-168.
    5. Snyder, Elizabeth H. & Lawrence, C. Nicole & Dodge, Kenneth A., 2012. "The impact of system of care support in adherence to wraparound principles in Child and Family Teams in child welfare in North Carolina," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 639-647.
    6. Akin, Becci A. & Mariscal, Susana E. & Bass, Linda & McArthur, Vickie Burgess & Bhattarai, Jackie & Bruns, Kimberly, 2014. "Implementation of an evidence-based intervention to reduce long-term foster care: Practitioner perceptions of key challenges and supports," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 285-293.
    7. Chambers, Ruth M. & Brocato, Jo & Fatemi, Maryam & Rodriguez, Angel Y., 2016. "An innovative child welfare pilot initiative: Results and outcomes," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 70(C), pages 143-151.
    8. Rauktis, Mary E. & McCarthy, Sharon & Krackhardt, David & Cahalane, Helen, 2010. "Innovation in child welfare: The adoption and implementation of Family Group Decision Making in Pennsylvania," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(5), pages 732-739, May.
    9. Crea, Thomas M. & Barth, Richard P. & Chintapalli, Laura K. & Buchanan, Rachel L., 2009. "The implementation and expansion of SAFE: Frontline responses and the transfer of technology to practice," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(8), pages 903-910, August.
    10. Ahn, Haksoon & Keyser, Daniel & Hayward-Everson, R. Anna, 2016. "A multi-level analysis of individual and agency effects on implementation of family-centered practice in child welfare," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 11-18.
    11. Rauktis, Mary Elizabeth & Bishop-Fitzpatrick, Lauren & Jung, Nahri & Pennell, Joan, 2013. "Family group decision making: Measuring fidelity to practice principles in public child welfare," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(2), pages 287-295.

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