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Duncan Lindsey and Aron Shlonsky

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304961.001.0001

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The Implementation of Market-Based Child Welfare Innovations

The Implementation of Market-Based Child Welfare Innovations

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Child Welfare Research

William Meezan

Bowen McBeath

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the changes that foster care agencies made, or anticipated making, as they shifted to a performance-based contracting system. Using qualitative analyses of sixty-four in-depth interviews with administrators and supervisors from nine non-profit child welfare agencies, the study compares the actual adaptations made by agencies working in this environment to changes that other agencies anticipated making as they moved into to this environment. The chapter identifies multiple organizational, managerial, and staff-related changes undertaken by child welfare agencies entering this contracting environment, finds that agencies entering performance-based environments do not anticipate the depth of change necessary to succeed within them, discusses the differences in perceptions of changes that occur between staff at various organizational levels, and notes the impact of this performance-based contracting on agency staff and foster children.

Keywords:   child welfare, foster care, performance contracting, organizational change, non-profit organizations

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