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Research and Evaluation: About the Program

CWLA's Research and Evaluation (R&E) staff is dedicated to supporting and maintaining the organization's role as a leader in child welfare research. We achieve this goal by generating and disseminating empirically based knowledge to inform and promote best policies and practices in behalf of children, families, and communities. CWLA strives to tune its research to ever-changing economic, political, and social contexts, policies, and programs, and to enhance its research capacity at national, state, tribal, and local levels. To that end, research activities include identifying accurate indicators of child and family well-being as well as improving data collection and management on issues related to children, families, the workforce, and other topics of concern to CWLA's members.

CWLA's research agenda includes both original funded research projects and research relevant to member support services. CWLA also facilitates sound research and evaluation by its member agencies. As a component of CWLA's National Center for Research and Data (NCRD), R&E can readily access the resources of other NCRD components: the National Data Analysis System (NDAS), the National Resource Center for Information Technology in Child Welfare (NRCITCW), and the Research to Practice (R2P) initiative.

Current Projects

Evaluation Projects
The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids
Best Practices in Behavior Support and Intervention
Evaluation of the Adoption Support Services for Kinship Caregivers and Their Adolescents
Evaluation of the Central Baptist Family Services Multiple Systemic Therapy (MST)
Evaluation of Children Missing from Care
Evaluation of Enhanced Support Services for Kinship Caregivers
International People-To-People Exchange
Lucas County Children's Services
LGBTQ Young people and Adults and the Child Welfare System Project
Original Research
Odyssey Project
Membership Support
Salary Study
Trends and Issues Survey
Organizational Support
Internal Review Board (IRB)
National Council on Research in Child Welfare
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Integrating Systems of Care: Improving Quality of
    Care for the Most Vulnerable Children and Their Families

Past Projects

For further information on specific projects, send an e-mail Diana English at R&

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