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New directions for research on the organizational and institutional context of child welfare agencies : introduction to the symposium on “The Organizational and Managerial Context of Private Child Welfare Agencies”.
Children and Youth Services Review (2014)
  • Bowen McBeath, Portland State University
  • Crystal Collins-Camargo, University of Louisville
  • Emmeline Chuang, University of California - Los Angeles
  • Rebecca Wells
  • Alicia C. Bunger, Ohio State University - Main Campus
  • Mónica Pérez Jolles
Abstract
This paper argues for a conceptual reorientation to research and practice that emphasizes the prominence of institutional and organizational factors in the lives of those who are involved in child welfare systems. Current child welfare reform efforts are premised on the idea that agencies—their structures, management, and internal approaches to organizing their workforce and frontline services—may be influential drivers of and barriers to innovation in practice and policy. We unpack this premise by providing an introduction to the institutional and organizational context of child welfare practice that highlights the diverse contexts and contributions of public and private child welfare agencies. We then review five domains for future research and present examples of studies that might be undertaken. The paper concludes by introducing the symposium papers and identifying their contributions to child welfare and human service research.
Keywords
  • Child welfare agency,
  • Management and leadership,
  • Nonprofit organization,
  • Human service organization,
  • Institutional theory
Disciplines
Publication Date
March, 2014
DOI
10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.01.014
Citation Information
Bowen McBeath, Crystal Collins-Camargo, Emmeline Chuang, Rebecca Wells, et al.. "New directions for research on the organizational and institutional context of child welfare agencies : introduction to the symposium on “The Organizational and Managerial Context of Private Child Welfare Agencies”." Children and Youth Services Review Vol. 38 (2014) p. 83 - 92 ISSN: 0190-7409
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/crystal-collins-camargo/17/