The Institute's priority is to partner in building an informed and integrated child welfare system through collaborative research that can be translated into effective and efficient practice. The Institute has funded proposals addressing the following priority areas:

In addition, the proposals focused on at least one of the three research areas:

  1. Enhancing Collaborative Relationships in Child Welfare Practice
  2. Child Welfare Evidence-based Practice (EBP) Replication Projects
  3. Innovative/Promising Child Welfare Practices

The goal of focusing on these areas is to emphasize the need to move toward evidence-based/evidence-informed child welfare practice through replication of existing EBP programs and/or utilizing innovative ideas to develop practices that can be validated through program evaluation and intervention research.