Evidence-Based Child Welfare Network


In order to help address the complex, multifaceted nature of child maltreatment and child welfare, the Training Resource Center in partnership with the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS), has formulated a plan to convene a multidisciplinary network of experts to provide recommendations and advisement to DCBS to further enhance the department’s planning, strategy, and delivery systems.

The purpose of this network of experts is to provide solution-driven recommendations for improving child outcomes and the quality of service provision by DCBS and its partner agencies in the private sector. This group will include state and national experts from various disciplines and systems. The network will include researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and educators. These professionals will come from a variety of disciplines that interconnect to impact child welfare.

In order to provide the most useful and efficacious recommendations, the network will use data-driven, evidence-based information to guide its work. The group will use existing DCBS data as well as other available data sets to explore and assess the current strengths and challenge areas for the department. In addition to basing all work on evidence-based science, the network will also employ the use of translational science techniques to help assist DCBS in furthering their mission to provide leadership in building high quality community based human service systems that enhance safety, permanency, well-being and self-sufficiency for Kentucky's families, children, and vulnerable adults.

Several long-term objectives of the Evidence-based Child Welfare Network include: 1) providing a scientific assessment of DCBS's service continuum, 2) providing evidence-based recommendations to DCBS regarding identified areas and issues of interest, and 3) providing continued consultation on the implementation of the network recommendations to promote improvement in child, familial, and systemic outcomes. The goal is to provide solution-driven recommendations for improving child outcomes and enhancing service provision throughout the child welfare system.