Cutting-edge research & defining best practices

Our research provides greater responsiveness to the area of child well-being through data-driven and evidence informed decision making. We identify emerging best practices and provide an evaluation focused on system improvement.

Current evaluation projects:

  • 5 year DCS Title IV-E demonstration waiver evaluation: focused on reduction of children in congregate care
  • DCS statewide survey of DCS foster parents (combining voluntary license closures with actively licensed foster parents)
  • Statewide scan of human service provider training
  • AZ Children's Action Alliance: subcontract to update Arizona child well-being secondary data for Annie E. Casey's National KIDSCOUNT database.

Past evaluation projects:

(2017) Best for Babies, Arizona 2016 County Evaluations PDF icon2016_best_for_babies_county_reports.pdf

(2015) Maricopa County Juvenile Court, Cradle to Crayons program evaluation PDF icon2016_cradle_to_crayons.pdf

(2015) DCS foster parent satisfaction survey PDF iconfoster_parent_satisfaction_survey_2014_final.pdf

(2015) Prevent Child Abuse AZ: Best for Babies

(2014) DCS study of foster parent voluntary license closures PDF iconexec_summary_voluntary_fp_closure_study.pdf  PDF iconfinalreportvoluntaryclosurestudy_20140410.pdf

Our Research

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children, Youth and Families awarded the funding to Dominique Roe-Sepowitz (right) and Judy Krysik (left). Both are professors and researchers in the School of Social Work, part of the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University. The project will be a collaborative effort involving the ASU Office for Sex Trafficking Research Intervention, the ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the Arizona Department of Child Safety. 

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