Technical Assistance and Uses of Research Evidence in Child Welfare

This short-term exploratory study will seek to systematically gather input from stakeholders with expertise in technical assistance to develop a compilation of technical assistance strategies used to support the use of research evidence in child welfare, as well as definitions of these strategies. The study will categorize technical assistance strategies that include stakeholder involvement and assess which strategies under what conditions facilitated research use. The study will address four research questions:

  1. What technical assistance strategies are used to support the use of research evidence?
  2. What are the consensus-driven definitions of identified strategies?
  3. To what extent do technical assistance strategies involve stakeholders and for what purpose?
  4. Under what conditions have specific technical assistance strategies, including strategies that foster stakeholder engagement, contributed to supporting research evidence use in child welfare?
FPG Project Staff:
Allison J. Metz, Principal Investigator
Byron J. Powell, Co-Principal Investigator
Amanda B. Farley, Project Manager
Funding Agency: William T. Grant Foundation
Funding Period: 04/01/2018 - 03/31/2019
Award Amount: $50,000