From their inception, the CFSRs were intended to promote change through collaborative principles. This begins with the collaboration between the Federal and State governments in assessing the effectiveness of child welfare agencies in serving children and families. It continues with the collaboration between child welfare agency leaders and their internal and external collaborative partners. Internal partners include staff and consultants. External partners include policymakers; other agencies serving children, youth, and families; the courts; Tribes and tribal organizations; the community; and children, youth, and families.
These collaborations are critical during the two assessment phases of the CFSR (Statewide Assessment and onsite review) and the Program Improvement Plan development, implementation, and evaluation process. The collaborative process focuses on identifying shared goals and activities and establishing a purpose, framework, and plan. Most important, that collaborative process should result in changes that promote improved outcomes for children and families.