Research and Evaluation
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Children’s Bureau’s research and evaluation program, ChildStrength, was established to promote organizational learning and build organizational capacity to use research and evaluation findings to inform and improve practice. Research and evaluation activities are conducted to monitor program effectiveness in improving child, parent, family, and community outcomes and building protective factors shown to reduce child abuse and neglect.


Organizational Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is an on-going process to objectively and systematically review, monitor, evaluate, and improve the quality and appropriateness of Children’s Bureau’s programs and services. As part of this process, our prevention and treatment programs develop evaluation plans and collect demographic, service implementation, and outcome data. Evaluation findings are included in annual program reports and shared with staff and community stakeholders, program directors and senior management, the Program Policy Committee of our Board of Directors, and our program and funding partners. The purpose of the evaluation component of the CQI process is to monitor client progress, share program improvement, and provide accountability to our stakeholders.


Program Activities

In addition to implementing the evaluation component of the CQI process, the research and evaluation program

  • Conducts an annual, organization-wide survey of client satisfaction

  • Steers the organization’s Internal Review Committee that approves and monitors external research and evaluation projects that involve Children’s Bureau’s clients

  • Develops evaluation instruments

  • Collaborates with other organizations to conduct research and evaluation projects and share data, evaluation instruments, and best practices

  • Reviews current research and best practices in Children’s Bureau’s areas of service

  • Disseminates research and evaluation findings

  • Provides research and evaluation services and technical assistance to other organizations that serve children and families


Staff

All Children’s Bureau staff contributes to the research and evaluation program by collecting data, providing feedback on evaluation protocols and data collection methods and instruments, and utilizing research and evaluation findings to improve program services. The program is overseen by Kathy Reimer, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation. To contact her, please fill out the following form.


Web Links

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
http://www.aera.net

American Evaluation Association (AEA)
http://www.eval.org

Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University
http://www.developingchild.harvard.edu

Future of Children
http://www.futureofchildren.org

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
http://www.hfrp.org

High/Scope Educational Research Foundation
http://www.highscope.org

Innovation Network – Point K Learning Center
http://www.innonet.org

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
http://www.naeyc.org

National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL)
http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~ncedl/

National Center for Education Research (NCER)
http://ies.ed.gov/ncer

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
http://nces.ed.gov

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)
http://www.nieer.org

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
http://www.nichd.nih.gov

Promising Practices Network on Children, Families, and Communities
http://www.promisingpractices.net

RAND Corporation
http://www.rand.org/child

Research and Training Center on Early Childhood Development (RTC)
http://www.researchtopractice.info

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
http://www.srcd.org

Talaris Research Institute
http://www.talaris.org

University of Wisconsin Extension – Program Development & Evaluation
http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande

ZERO to THREE
http://www.zerotothree.org