New research tools and resources have made rigorous evaluation of child welfare programs and practices more feasible than ever before.
Despite their inherent challenges, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are essential to advancing the field through evidence-based practice. They can be implemented successfully with careful planning and education for child welfare workers, administrators, and policymakers.
This brief is designed to familiarize child welfare agencies, including Children’s Bureau discretionary grantees, with RCTs and their value in child welfare practice settings. It highlights common challenges and possible solutions informed by grantees’ experiences.