Breakthrough Series Collaborative
An innovative method to test and implement change in child welfare practice

The Breakthrough Series Collaborative is a methodology adapted from the health care field; it originated with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Associates in Process Improvement in 1995.

In a year-long process sponsored by Casey Family Programs, teams from around the country focus on an “intractable” issue in child welfare practice. The teams test multiple ideas, strategies, and tools on a very small scale in their pilot sites. They simultaneously share learnings with other teams via the Internet, phone conferences, and three two-day meetings.

The most successful field-tested and measurable strategies and tools are then rapidly introduced throughout the teams’ jurisdictions or systems.

Casey Family Programs' Breakthrough Series Collaboratives include the following: