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July/August 2017Vol. 18, No. 5Special Issue of Child Welfare Now Available

A special two-part issue of the journal Child Welfare titled, "Improving the Use and Usefulness of Research Evidence," highlights many of the key components needed to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families, including cross-system collaboration, ongoing staff and system capacity building, effective implementation, and strategies to improve the use and usefulness of research in the field. Many of the articles in this issue also focus on knowledge development and capacity building. 

Part one of this issue includes articles such as "Strategies to Improve the Use and Usefulness of Research in Child Welfare," "Selecting an Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare: Challenges and Steps to Identifying a Good Fit," "Research Evidence Use in the Child Welfare System," and more.

Part two includes articles such as "Exploring the Integration of Systems and Social Sciences to Study Evidence Use among Child Welfare Policy Makers," "Tensions and Opportunities: Building Meaningful Partnerships Between Child Welfare Decision-makers and Evaluators," "Engaging the Child Welfare Community in Examining the Use of Research Evidence," and more.

"Improving the use and usefulness of research evidence" [special issue] edited by DuMont, Kim & James-Brown, Christine, Child Welfare94(2 and 3), 2017, is available for purchase at