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Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance


Agency-based design teams effectively address workforce issues in public child welfare agencies. This article presents findings from an adaptation of a design team intervention for private child welfare agencies. A longitudinal mixed-methodology design measures effects of the intervention and conditions of implementation. Pre–post surveys of workers (n = 137) and a comparison group (n = 153) measure climate, job satisfaction, perceptions of child welfare, and intent to leave. Statistically significant increases of 0.37 points on dimensions of organizational justice and support (justice: p = 0.01; support: p = 0.03) parallel the team’s perceived effect of their work—that it will make the organization more fair and accountable.



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Lawrence, C. K., Zeitlin, W. S., Auerbach, C., & Claiborne, N. (2015). Climate change in private child welfare organizations. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 39(4), 290-305.

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