How we do our work

Our approach to system transformation focuses on five areas that achieve positive outcomes for children and families:

Agency Capacity

Service Quality

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Financing & Policy

Providers

Performance Measurement

Agency Capacity

Service Quality

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Financing & Policy

Providers

Performance Measurement

We work with child welfare agencies to identify the greatest opportunities and most significant strategic levers within these areas, and we incorporate corresponding strategies into a comprehensive business plan. But we are committed to going beyond strategic planning—we assist sites with the hard work of actually implementing reform efforts, and we remain involved to support sustainability of their efforts.

We work with sites in three stages, ensuring comprehensive understanding of the system’s strengths and weaknesses; developing a strategic plan; and supporting the system through implementation. 

New Allies® begins by taking an objective, comprehensive look at the child welfare system—from how organizational structures function to how healthy providers of services are. We leverage our varied experience working in state systems, as clinicians, as private providers, and as consultants to identify areas of strength and need within the child welfare system.
Most child welfare agencies have a host of plans with unconnected, sometimes conflicting objectives and action steps. New Allies® supports leaders to make thoughtful choices among the full range of potential investments in order to identify those that offer the most significant potential return on investment for children and families. By identifying a streamlined set of priorities, leaders create clarity of vision and a framework for decision-making
Plans are critical for achieving measurable impact, but a plan alone won’t improve a child welfare system or its outcomes. Plans must be implemented in a way that makes them sustainable and practical for the staff, partners, and systems that give them life. We know that the energy, focus, and commitment to a plan is challenging to maintain amidst the curveballs that are continuously thrown at child welfare leaders, so New Allies® stays on the ground to make sure that implementation is successful. We assist with implementation; coach leaders at various levels to instill skills and provide tools that support sustained success; and ensure that the system has a strong process for measuring its own success over time.