Research and Evaluation
The NYSPCC is committed to the use of rigorous research and evaluation to inform best practice both within the agency and in the broader child welfare field.
The NYSPCC maintains an active research program dedicated to building the evidence base for effective approaches to preventing and treating child abuse and neglect. Our research is broadly focused on the evaluation and integration of evidence-informed approaches to prevention and treatment into real-world settings, including community and state agencies and schools. We currently have two active research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. The first is examining the impact of Safe Touches: Personal Safety Training for Children on children’s knowledge of sexual abuse prevention concepts and acquisition of self-protective skills. The second study is aimed at developing and testing a standardized behavioral health screening and linkage to treatment protocol for at-risk new mothers enrolled in home-based child maltreatment prevention services. Through lectures, presentations, workshops, and publications, The NYSPCC seeks to share the knowledge gains of its research with other organizations and professionals dedicated to child protection.
The NYSPCC conducts ongoing evaluations of all programs to ensure consistency, quality, and client satisfaction and to monitor client outcomes. Program-specific evaluation plans are designed using a multi-dimensional, mixed-methods approach. Evaluation data is examined at regular intervals for all programs to allow for continuous monitoring of consistent delivery of services and client progress. Evaluation findings are frequently reviewed with the clinical team to promote best practice.
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