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Program on Evidence Building in Child Welfare

Dr. Mark Testa, coordinator

Mark TestaFaculty-led research in the Program on Evidence-Building in Child Welfare focuses on issues that affect children’s well-being such as poverty, abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, child protective services, and services designed to protect children and encourage family stability. Researchers in this program explore innovative, novel ideas for addressing the persistent “wicked problems” that defy ordinary solutions, and finding solutions to the Eight Grand Challenges of Child Welfare:

  • Reversing the adverse effects of child maltreatment on brain development
  • Harnessing the natural motivations of parents and kinship caregivers
  • Synthesizing research evidence on the effects of out-of-home care
  • Sustaining family continuity after legal permanence
  • Strengthening the voice of youth
  • Linking well-being measures to administrative data
  • Attracting private investments and using performance contracts
  • Preparing the workforce

For more information, see the Institute for Wicked Problems of Child Welfare website.