Why is collaboration a priority area for CBCAP?
Collaboration and coordination is a focus for CBCAP in order to maximize the use of limited prevention dollars. By working with other existing efforts and coordinating service delivery, states and communities can prevent service overlap and reach more families. To emphasize this, the 2011 CBCAP Program Instructions states, "Given the limited funding available for prevention services, lead agencies are strongly encouraged to find ways to partner with other public and private organizations serving the same populations and sharing the same goals and objectives." In addtion, Attachment 4 of the 2011 PI provides a list of programs for potential coordination and collaboration with CBCAP.
What does collaboration in CBCAP mean?
The best way to illustrate this is to turn to the PI again. Around collaboration, the 2011 CBCAP Program Instructions states,
The most effective way to meet the challenge of preventing child abuse and neglect is for all child abuse prevention and treatment programs, public and private, to work together in partnership with families and other disciplines such as social services, health and mental health, substance abuse treatment services, domestic violence, child care, early childhood, education, law enforcement and other advocacy groups in the community to achieve their common goals.
As this illustrates, collaboration in CBCAP means thinking outside the box and exploring other efforts to protect children in the state and communities that CBCAP dollars are serving.
In addition, a key area of focus for CBCAP in the last several years has been the collaboration across prevention and child welfare programs. CBCAP lead agencies are important stakeholders in the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) process underway in every State. In 2006, the National Review Team's Collaboration Work Group developed some guidance for states in engaging and working with stakeholders in the CFSR process. The result of that work is a document that highlights the various stakeholders that can be involved with the child welfare agencies in their CFSR process from the initial Statewide Assessment, the onsite review, and the resulting Program Improvement Plan. View Collaborating During the Child and Family Service Reviews.
How does collaboration tie into the efforts of CBCAP to move along the continuum of evidence-based and evidence-informed practice?
Collaborations are often an integral part of community-based prevention work. State Lead Agencies can learn effective ways to strengthen their collaborative efforts by accessing the existing research base available on collaborations. Examples of areas where this might be helpful are in intra-agency workgroups or in supporting your statewide networks. A resource that State Lead Agencies might find helpful in evaluating their existing collaborations can be found at www.fieldstonealliance.org. This site has a resource, the Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory, on evaluating collaborations that helps to identify key factors in strong and effective collaborations. This is just one example of the resources available. Please see the resources section below for many more links.
What resources are available to support CBCAP Lead Agencies in developing or maintaining collaborations?
There are many sources for good information on this topic and below we have collected some of our favorites.
National Network for Collaboration
Collaborative Values Inventory
Framework and Policy Tools for Improving Linkages between Alcohol and Drug Services, Child Welfare Services and Dependency Courts
Partnership Self-Assessment Tool
Evaluating Collaboratives: Reaching the Potential
Community Tool Box
FRIENDS Technical Assistance Resources
Understanding the Common Ground Between Systems of Care and Child Abuse Prevention
If you have questions about your collaboration efforts in CBCAP or want to know more about how FRIENDS can provide targeted technical assistance in this area, please contact your TA Coordinator.