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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

Join us for Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference 2019

April 14-17, 2019 | Phoenix, Ariz. | Venue: Renaissance Downtown Phoenix Hotel

The National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference is a unique opportunity to gather, share best practices and engage in action planning. Be a part of plenaries, panels, workshops, and other presentation formats addressing:

The 2017 Arizona KIDS COUNT Data Book analyzes five years of data (2010 - 2015), comparing conditions for kids and families from a difficult economic period during and after the nation slowly emerged form the Great Recession. You can access the 2017 Data Book and state fact sheets here. Arizona data for prior years is also available for many of the indicators highlighted in the report and can be accessed through the KIDS COUNT Data Center. ASU's Center for Child Well-Being assists in the compilation of Arizona data through a sub-contract with Children's Action Alliance. 

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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