National Council on Research in Child Welfare: About the Program
The National Council on Research in Child Welfare (NCRCW) is a voluntary collective of researchers, administrators, and practitioners that works in collaboration with CWLA. Both partners bring resources and share the challenges and successes of NCRCW.
The membership of NCRCW comprises multidisciplinary, diverse (geographically and filially) researchers, as well as service providers, funders, advocates, and consumers.
NCRCW members advance child welfare research, policy, practice, and advocacy through the following primary activities:
- planning and participating in relevant conferences and committee meetings;
- designing and advocating for research;
- working on journal special issues and articles;
- learning about cutting-edge research-to-policy and research-to-practice initiatives and outcomes; and
- translating research for practitioners and advocates.
NCRCW will be an authoritative source for promoting collaborative efforts that advance knowledge and the use of evidence-based practice in forming child welfare policy and delivering child welfare services.
To generate, synthesize, and share empirically based knowledge to inform policy and improve practice outcomes in behalf of children and families.
NCRCW was originally convened in 1992 by CWLA members and staff who recognized the need to bring research to the forefront and highlight its importance for policy, program, and practice related to child welfare. In support of NCRCW, CWLA has committed to providing an Executive Liaison as well as hosting teleconference and in person meetings. Where and when appropriate, other CWLA staff have committed time to carrying out activities of NCRCW. CWLA's contribution reflects a belief in the mission and vision of NCRCW. Unlike other task forces and advisory councils convened by CWLA, NCRCW is intended to be its own governing body and does not require that its members also be CWLA members. In this way, NCRCW has the unique opportunity to use its expertise to influence the child welfare field in collaboration with CWLA, as NCRCW deems appropriate.
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