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Proposed Information Collection Activity; Center for States Evaluation Ancillary Data Collection (0970-0501)

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Children's Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, HHS.


Request for public comment.


The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is requesting a 3-year extension of the collection of information under the Center for States Evaluation Ancillary Data Collection (OMB #0970-0501, expiration date 8/31/2020) without changes.


Comments due within 60 days of publication. In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ACF is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above.


Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by emailing Alternatively, copies can also be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests, emailed or written, should be identified by the title of the information collection.

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Description: The Evaluation of the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative, Center for States is sponsored by the Children's Bureau (CB), ACF. The purpose of this evaluation is to respond to a set of cross-cutting evaluation questions posed by CB. This existing information collection is an ancillary part of a larger data collection effort being conducted for the evaluation of the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative (0970-0484 and 0970-0494). This notice details a group of instruments that are specific only to the Center for States. The instruments focus on (1) evaluating an innovative approach to engaging professionals in networking and professional development through virtual conferences, (2) understanding fidelity to and effectiveness of the Center for States' Capacity Building Model, and (3) capturing consistent information during the updated annual assessment process focused on related contextual issues impacting potential service delivery such as implementation of new legislation.

Respondents: Respondents of these data collection instruments will include child welfare agency staff and stakeholders who directly receive services.

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentTotal number of respondentsTotal number of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hoursAnnual burden hours
Child Welfare Virtual Conference:
Child Welfare Virtual Conference Session Surveys4506.0821672
Child Welfare Virtual Conference Focus Group Guide30113010
Child Welfare Virtual Conference Interview Guide201.5103
Child Welfare Virtual Conference Registration Form10001.033010
Child Welfare Virtual Conference Exit Survey2251.163612
Tailored Services Capacity Building Approach:
Tailored Services Practice Model Survey1301.1215.65
Assessment Observation— Group Debrief501.2512.54
Service Delivery and Tracking and Adjustment Observation—Group Debrief801.25207
Assessment and Service Delivery State Lead Interviews—Supplemental Questions301.5155
Assessment questions:
Annual Assessment Update (8 systematic questions)541.084.321
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Comments: The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.

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Authority: Section 203 of Section II: Adoption Opportunities of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) (42 U.S.C. 5113).

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Molly B. Jones,

ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2020-10906 Filed 5-19-20; 8:45 am]