Supporting Evidence Building in Child Welfare, 2016 - 2021

OPRE has awarded a five-year contract to the Urban Institute to support the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in increasing the number of evidence-supported interventions for the child welfare population by conducting rigorous evaluations and supporting the field in moving toward rigorous evaluations.

Key project tasks include:

  1. Identification of priority areas and interventions ripe for moving to the next level of evidence;
  2. Review of existing evidence and feasibility issues;
  3. Rigorous impact evaluations of interventions; and
  4. Consultation around complex evaluation designs or statistical methods relevant for testing interventions in one or more sites.

The results of the evaluations will be disseminated to meet the needs of ACF, policy makers, practitioners, and other key stakeholders. They will also be published in peer-reviewed journals, for inclusion in appropriate evidence reviews.

The point of contact is Kathleen Dwyer.

Related Resources

Are you interested in evaluating a child welfare program or service? Join child welfare evaluation experts for the Evidence-Building Academy (the Academy), offered at no cost to participants. The Academy will walk participants through the steps needed to do a rigorous evaluation in real-world child welfare settings. Academy experts will also answer questions, troubleshoot, and help you create a strong evaluation plan, whether you are just starting or making adjustments to an evaluation already under way.

The Supporting Evidence Building in Child Welfare Project, funded by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in partnership with the Children’s Bureau, conducts rigorous evaluations of interventions for the child welfare population. The project...

OPRE has awarded a five-year contract to the Urban Institute to support the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in increasing the number of evidence-supported interventions for the child welfare population by conducting rigorous evaluations and supporting the field in moving toward rigorous evaluations...