Climate Change in Private Child Welfare Organizations

Catherine K. Lawrence, Wendy S. Zeitlin, Charles Auerbach, Nancy Claiborne

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Agency-based design teams effectively address workforce issues in public child welfare agencies. This article presents findings from an adaptation of a design team intervention for private child welfare agencies. A longitudinal mixed-methodology design measures effects of the intervention and conditions of implementation. Pre–post surveys of workers (n = 137) and a comparison group (n = 153) measure climate, job satisfaction, perceptions of child welfare, and intent to leave. Statistically significant increases of 0.37 points on dimensions of organizational justice and support (justice: p = 0.01; support: p = 0.03) parallel the team’s perceived effect of their work—that it will make the organization more fair and accountable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-305
Number of pages16
JournalHuman Service Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance
Issue number4
StatePublished - 8 Aug 2015


  • leadership and organizational change
  • management
  • organizational theory and analysis
  • workforce/workplace issue in human service organizations


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