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The National Center for Child Welfare Excellence is committed to conducting research and program evaluations that build knowledge concerning the prevention, assessment, and treatment in child welfare specific areas. This includes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, families, and communities and examining not just the risks, but  the protective factors that promote strength and resilience.

The NCCWE conducts research to build knowledge and evidence to move systems toward child welfare excellence. Utilizing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research designs our research and evaluation is further strengthened  by interdisciplinary research teams.  Our work focuses on the efficiency and effectiveness of child welfare programs such as the use of family team meetings, family assessment protocols, and adoption screening procedures; the process and outcomes of permanency work, the costs associated with foster care, and the effectiveness of community and school based programs. In addition faculty and staff conduct systemic reviews of the literature periodically and share results on our web based platforms.