About Us

The Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) is dedicated to understanding how to improve child welfare workforce outcomes.

Staff recruitment and retention are persistent challenges for many child welfare agencies. In addition to being costly, staff turnover can negatively impact the relationship between families and the agency.

These challenges are compounded by a lack of research on effective strategies to attract and retain child welfare workers.

The QIC-WD will synthesize the current state of trends and research and generate new knowledge about effective strategies to improve workforce outcomes.

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About Our Logo

QIC-WD Logo PyramidThe QIC-WD’s mission is to strengthen and improve the child welfare workforce by using research to build knowledge in the field. We do this by leveraging our expertise in workforce, implementation and evaluation and by working in close partnership with our project sites. Our logo design represents people of different backgrounds and perspectives “putting their heads together” (such as in our three-person “WIE” teams, working with agency personnel) to build a pyramid of evidence.

Our Partners

Through a five-year cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau, the QIC-WD is led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln in partnership with experts from University of Colorado, Denver; University of Louisville; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; C.F. Parry Associates; CLH Strategies & Solutions; and Great Eastern Consulting.

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