Learning Circles

Note: The Learning Circles program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

Learning Circles has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Child Welfare Workforce Development and Support Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Not Specified

Brief Description

The Learning Circle model creates change at the team level that then moves outward to the rest of the agency. Learning Circles are about change that starts at the unit level and flows up. The model is designed to develop a learning culture at the team level to improve practice and agency/team functioning. Teams engage in a problem-solving process informed by multiple sources that results in action plans that address the issues most important to them. Learning Circle topics are chosen by the team, but a specific process guides the Learning Circle model. Instead of decisions being made at the “top” and then handed down to teams for implementation, Learning Circles identify their own issues, make decisions about how to address those issues, and then implement changes.

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Learning Circles.


No reference materials are currently available for Learning Circles.

Contact Information

Name: Charmaine Brittain, MSW, PhD
Phone: (303) 871-6336

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2017