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July/August 2006Vol. 7, No. 6National Evaluation of the Court Improvement Program

The Children's Bureau has funded a 5-year study to examine the efforts by State courts to improve their oversight of foster care and adoption cases and analyze the outcomes achieved. These efforts are now being featured on a new website.

The National Evaluation of the Court Improvement Program (CIP) has three interrelated components:

  • Reviewing and synthesizing State and local court reform activities
  • Reviewing and synthesizing existing court reform evaluations
  • Conducting in-depth studies of reform models in three States: Connecticut, Delaware, and Texas

Findings from the three study components will capture the ongoing nationwide process of court reform supported by the CIP. The study is being conducted by Planning and Learning Technologies (Pal-Tech, Inc.), the Urban Institute, and the Center for Policy Research.