Sustaining the Change: Lessons Learned from Judicial Leaders

Screenshot 2018-02-12 16.07.38The think tank series by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) brings judges together to share knowledge and provide insights on issues regarding court improvement and collaborative systems change.

The latest issue in the judicial think tank series shares the lessons learned from a conversation with judicial leaders about their experiences with, and strategies for, the successful implementation of court improvement efforts. Specifically, it summarizes the recommendations of judges who worked on the NCJFCJ’s Model Court and Implementation Sites for tackling issues related to the sustainability of collaborative systems change efforts to improve the child abuse and neglect case process and, ultimately, improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children.

The judges invited to participate in the series are former and current Model Court Lead Judges, national judicial leaders who have considerable experience leading system-wide collaborative stakeholder teams to design and implement program, practice, and policy changes that improve outcomes for children and families involved in the foster care system. The NCJFCJ think tank series aims to tap into the wealth of the Lead Judges’ knowledge and experience to provide a “lessons learned” resource to other jurisdictions engaged in collaborative court improvement efforts.