ESPI: Lieberman: Kansas Workforce Initiative/Generations Project/Safe and Stable Families
The Kansas Workforce Initiative is led by Alice Lieberman, professor of social welfare. Researchers work with all the private contract child welfare agencies in Kansas. Their role is to assess the organizational climate in each agency, and to develop evidence-based strategies, tailored for each individual agency, that increase recruitment and retention of the best child welfare practitioners (social workers).
Lieberman is working on a second project called The Generations Project. This project, which will soon be up and running, provides education and training to grandparents and adolescent new or expectant parents. They have employed an experimental design to determine the impact of an enhanced Healthy Families model against the traditional model.
Lastly, Lieberman and her colleagues employed an experimental design in their Safe and Stable Families Project, whose target population were parents within 18 months of post-adoption of a child or sibling group. Two models of marital and parenting education were tested. Over the last five years, they have served over 300 families, trained many trainers (ensuring sustainability post-grant period), and will continue to follow up with these parents.