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Breakthrough Series Collaborative

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The Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) methodology was developed in 1995 by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Associates in Process Improvement (API). In 2000, Casey Family Programs (CFP) joined with IHI to learn the Breakthrough Series Collaborative methodology by sponsoring a Breakthrough Series Collaborative on “Improving Health Care for Children in Foster Care.” Casey Family Programs has sponsored a total of seven internal BSCs on child welfare issues such as kinship care and disproportionality. They currently have five partnerships with external organizations conducting BSCs on a range of child welfare issues.

From 2008 to 2009, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and Casey Family Programs partnered to conduct the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Integration BSC, which has several unique components that vary from previous and current BSCs. It is the first and only BSC to involve the juvenile justice system as a concentrated area of focus and it is only the second BSC that formally works to integrate two systems. Lastly, the incorporation of a Certificate Program as a foundation for each team's work is a new component as well.

In the Certificate Program portion of the BSC, which was held in July of 2008, public juvenile justice, child welfare and other agency leaders from seven jurisdictions around the country were joined with national experts to exchange knowledge, information, strategies, challenges and successes around systems integration. The learning during the Certificate Program was linked to the Change Package, which outlines the BSC principles, values, and components.

After the participants completed the Certificate Program, they returned home to their jurisdictions to begin the Breakthrough Series Collaborative. They began initiating strategies to target the many factors that contribute to poor outcomes for youth known to both juvenile justice and child welfare. Each small test of change, also know as a PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Adjust), has a direct correlation to the Change Package to ensure that communities are addressing specific areas of practice and policy where it has been found that change leads to improved outcomes.

The seven teams selected to participate accomplished this by various means that include:

  • Creating environments in which strategies can be developed and tested in their jurisdiction;
  • Joining with a cadre of peers from across the country who are working toward solutions;
  • Creating and sustaining partnerships to advance the work; and
  • Disseminating lessons learned.

The Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Breakthrough Series Collborative Final Report provides more information on the BSC and lessons learned.

CJJR has developed a Crossover Youth Practice Model based off the lessons learned during the BSC.

Please visit the links to the right for more information about the BSC.



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