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Cross-Center Evaluation of the Child Welfare Capacity Building Centers

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Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families

Child welfare systems are continually challenged to achieve better outcomes for children, youth, and families.

In 2014, the Children’s Bureau restructured its approach to support those systems in states, tribes, and courts by creating the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative. As the prime contractor, JBA is evaluating the Collaborative’s efforts to help systems build their capacities to better meet federal standards intended to improve child safety, permanency, and well-being.

The current cross-center evaluation is examining the technical assistance services provided by the Collaborative’s three Capacity Building Centers—for states, tribes, and courts. The goal of the evaluation is to increase knowledge about the services implemented and their effectiveness, recipient satisfaction with those services, and collaboration within and across Centers.  

Using a mixed-methods longitudinal approach, JBA is conducting process, outcome, and cost studies across three phases: assessment and design; evaluation implementation and data collection; and analysis, reporting, and dissemination. Data collection includes surveys, interviews, focus groups, and a service delivery tracking system. The findings will be shared with stakeholders and the child welfare field.

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Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families