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What Works: Publications Are Available on Social Service and Child Welfare Programs

7/16/2001:   As everyone knows, some social services, programs, or interventions work much better than others. What is often not known is how or why effective programs work so well. Two recent research publications highlight beneficial programs and analyze the factors that contribute to their success. Both reports address outcomes and provide information on how similar programs can also lead to positive results.

What We Know Works in Social Service Programs synthesizes current research in five areas: thriving neighborhoods, living-wage jobs, viable economies, healthy families and children, and collaborative leadership. The compilation provides a practical resource to communities seeking to invest in new programs and improve existing ones. The featured interventions build on solid research and best practices. This guide provides an effective, practical foundation for people who need information and need it now. This publication and others are available and can be downloaded from:

Established in 1992, the Pew Partnership—a civic research organization funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts—identifies and documents promising solutions crucial to creating and maintaining strong communities.

What Works in Child Welfare, published by Child Welfare League of America, is the culmination of research on programs that benefit children and families. Written in a style that is accessible to all audiences, including the public, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers, each section includes information on what works, conflicting evidence, cost effectiveness, and a summary table. Topics include family preservation and support services, child protective services, out-of-home care, adoption, child care, and services for adolescents. To order the 370-page volume, go to www.cwla.org/pubs.

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