Center of Excellence (COE) Development
What is a Center of Excellence?
A COE is an organization that supports state and local child- and family-serving agencies in designing, implementing, and sustaining effective service, practice, and frameworks for children, youth, young adults, and families. COEs bring subject matter experts to meet the needs of a state or community. COEs support, conduct, and/or oversee organizational and community readiness, initial and ongoing implementation activities, outcome monitoring and the sustainability of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) or promising practices. COEs serve as cross-system conveners, providing decision-makers and stakeholders with information to assist with policy making, investment strategies, social marketing efforts, service array design, and implementation and sustainability (Mettrick, et al. 2015).
What work does the Texas Center do related to Centers of Excellence?
The Texas Center, through the support of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), provides support around the streamlining of state support activities related to the development of a Center of Excellence. The establishing of an implementation plan for the development of a COE includes the creation of a comprehensive scope of work for a COE and timelines for COE development, incorporating core functions needed by the state to ensure sustainability and support for implementation and reform efforts.
Some of those efforts include the development of effective strategies for the support of organizational readiness measures for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) implementation, such as:
- Conducting readiness assessments
- Developing implementation plans
- Convening stakeholders
- Reviewing, synthesizing, and distilling research evidence
- Highlighting potential areas of concerns with research literature
- Soliciting information from the child- and family-serving agencies