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Cross-Site Evaluation of Child Welfare Implementation Centers and National Resource Centers

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Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families

The Children’s Bureau embarked on a major initiative in 2008 to support child welfare organizational and systems change that promotes child safety, permanency, and well-being.

Five regional Child Welfare Implementation Centers and 10 National Child Welfare Resource Centers were funded to help states and tribes identify issues in their systems, develop and implement solutions, and design strategies to sustain the changes. The cross-site evaluation examined the Centers’ services and their impact on systems change and capacity building.

The mixed-methods evaluation included process, outcome, and cost components over three phases:

  • Assessment and design focused on development of a cross-site evaluation plan and a technical assistance tracking system.
  • Evaluation implementation and data collection incorporated performance and cost metrics, web-based surveys, a longitudinal national survey, interviews and focus groups, case studies, document reviews, and analyses of administrative and technical assistance tracking data.
  • Analysis and dissemination communicated findings and practical knowledge to stakeholders and the child welfare field.

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  • James P. DeSantis, Ph.D. Vice President

    James P. DeSantis has more than 26 years of research, program design, evaluation, technical assistance, and project management experience. His subject expertise...

  • Pirkko Ahonen, Ph.D., M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Pirkko Ahonen has 18 years of experience in evaluation studies, technical assistance, and applied research. She currently serves as the project director for the Tribal...

  • Joanna DeWolfe, M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Joanna DeWolfe has 26 years of experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families. Her subject expertise...

  • Chi Connie Park, Ph.D., M.A. Senior Research Associate

    Chi Connie Park has more than 13 years of experience in applied social science research design, program evaluation, and capacity building in the areas of child...

  • Heidi Melz, Ph.D., M.S. Senior Research Associate
  • Amanda Thomson, M.P.P. Research Associate

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ICF

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