Using research evidence is critical to child welfare agencies’ ability to offer effective programs, yet gaps exist between research evidence and needs within the field. Child welfare staff need dedicated time to access evidence, and skills to evaluate the credibility and fit of research with local needs. Researchers can reduce the gap through collaborative projects that are relevant, timely, and accessible. This article discusses these challenges and highlights jurisdictions using research evidence to support effective practices and positive outcomes for youth and families.
(Abstract via Child Welfare.)