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Examining Strategies to Improve the Use of Research Evidence in Child Welfare
Recent initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels have charged child welfare agencies with the challenge of better integrating research-based programs and practices into their daily routines. This forum explores how state and local leaders grapple with this challenge and shares recent research, funded by the W. T. Grant Foundation, on how research evidence is used to inform policy and practice decisions in the child welfare field. The forum will highlight the implementation of evidence-based statewide foster care programs in California and Ohio and the use of evidence-based child welfare programs in New York City. It will also describe the Los Angeles-based Children’s Bureau’s use of research in their Magnolia Community Initiative effort, with its focus on creating community wellness that is scalable. Presenters will explore how research evidence is used at all levels of the child welfare system as well as its implications for policymaking at the local, state, and federal levels. They will examine the kind of capacity it takes to ensure more substantive use of research evidence by child welfare agencies, and discuss what such evidence means for services and for the young people being helped. They will also spur thinking about how we can improve and increase research with practice partnerships, social networking, and intermediaries to more effectively share lessons learned and best practices.
Presenters at the forum will include:
Dr. Larry Palinkas, Professor, University of Southern California, School of Social Work
Allison Metz, Senior Scientist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Co-Director of the National Implementation Research Network
Alex Morales, President & CEO, Children’s Bureau, Los Angeles, California
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.- Registration and lunch
12:00- 1:30 p.m.- Program
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