Data for: Characteristics of Effective Collaboration: A study of the Nurse-Family Partnership and Child Welfare
The aim of this multiple case study report was to assess the level of organizational collaboration between the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) and Child Protective Services (CPS) in Colorado, as well as facilitators and barriers to effective collaboration between these agencies. A multiple case study was conducted, primarily informed by key informant interviews with NFP nurses and nurse supervisors; CPS caseworkers, supervisors, and senior-level workers; and other community partners familiar with NFP or CPS and/or involved in child maltreatment prevention. The findings indicated that organizational collaboration between NFP and CPS varied tremendously within and among sites and the majority of NFP and CPS staff perceived a need to strengthen local organizational collaboration. The report concludes that organizational collaboration has led to successes in effectively serving high-risk clients. It is recommended that the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and the NFP National Service Office (NSO) consider policy and programmatic changes to facilitate stronger organizational collaboration between the NFP and CPS.