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Evaluation of the Capacity Building Collaborative

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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. 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 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 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, structured observation, a service delivery tracking system, and reviews of state and tribal administrative data. The findings will be shared with 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...

  • 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...

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

    Heidi Melz has 15 years of experience researching interventions that address child welfare issues and family structure, functioning, and well-being. She...

  • 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...

  • Anne Fromknecht, M.P.H. Senior Research Associate
  • Erin Ingoldsby, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate
  • Chi Connie Park, Ph.D., M.A. Senior Research Associate
  • Tammy Richards, M.Ed. Senior Research Associate
  • Amanda Thomson, M.P.P. Research Associate

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ICF

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Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families