ERIC Number: ED369509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Changing Systems for Children and Families.
This document summarizes the results of research on reform of state and national policy affecting families and children. The document begins with a rationale for change, and follows with four chapters that identify barriers stemming from attitudes, system organization, resource limitations, and technical problems. Each chapter suggests strategies for overcoming these barriers. Problems stemming from attitudes include resistance to change, deficit mentality, over-specialization, public skepticism, politics, and "turf battles." Suggested strategies include: (1) formulating a clear vision; (2) instituting cross-disciplinary and cultural training; (3) soliciting public involvement; (4) communicating successes; (5) changing agency work environment; (6) building coalitions; and (7) developing collective ownership. Systems difficulties include lack of a policy framework, diffused authority, complexities of funding, inadequate communication among agencies, lack of commitment, and ineffective personnel management. Suggested solutions include providing leadership, delegating authority, combining coordinating bodies, establishing interagency councils, simplifying eligibility, adopting incentives, and reforming personnel systems. The resource problems are limited funding and lack of staff capacity, to be overcome by leveraging dollars, addressing categorical funding, and investing in professional development. Technical challenges include: (1) the length of time needed to launch new projects; (2) ineffective data management systems; (3) misinterpretation of federal regulations; (4) dearth of information on new approaches; (5) design difficulties; and (6) lack of access. Strategies for overcoming these technical problems include developing integrated information systems, sharing best practices, addressing confidentiality, and expanding model programs. (ME)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Federal State Relationship, Financial Support, Incentives, Information Networks, Management Systems, Personnel Management, Public Policy, Resistance to Change, Social Services, State Agencies
National Governors' Association, 444 North Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20001-1512.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Service Integration, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Policy Research.