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March 2009Vol. 10, No. 2Children's Bureau Announces Child Welfare Evaluation Summit

The Children's Bureau will host the National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit from May 27 to 29, 2009, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The purpose of this 3-day summit is to explore the current state of evaluation practice in the field of child welfare and to promote cohesive, strategic, and sound approaches for evaluating child welfare systems, projects, and programs. The summit will provide a forum to discuss dynamic tensions in the field, such as those between theory and practice, rigor and flexibility, fidelity and adaptability, and evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence.

Examples of questions that may be addressed include:

  • What unique challenges does the child welfare population present to evaluation? How can these be addressed?
  • Are experimental designs necessary to determine what works in child welfare?
  • How can evaluation methods be adapted to be both rigorous and culturally appropriate?
  • What has been learned from efforts to bring evidence-based practices to scale?
  • How have child welfare programs developed and implemented meaningful evaluations when confronted with limited resources?

Open registration for the summit will begin March 16. See the National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit website for registration information and additional details:

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