POC works collaboratively with external partners to generate rigorous and practical knowledge that informs the fields of policy, practice, and research. Our target populations include children and families who are at risk for or who are currently involved with the child welfare system in Washington State. Our work is proactive and responsive. Our strategies include:
Conducting research to generate knowledge that improves outcomes for vulnerable children and families.
We engage in the full range of prevention and intervention research; from descriptive research to intervention development and piloting, to quasi-experimental comparison group studies, to randomized controlled trials, to implementation research. Read more about various research projects and findings in our Publications section.
Linking research to practice for child welfare practitioners.
POC is a key partner in the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence, collaborating with practitioners, researchers, and administrators throughout Washington State to define competencies, develop curricula, and evaluate the efforts of the Alliance.
Developing the next generation of researchers and practitioners.
POC staff members mentor University of Washington graduate students interested in child welfare research, policy, and education.
Providing timely information based on available research and data for emerging policy and practice issues in Washington State.
We analyze DSHS administrative data, synthesize child welfare research from Washington and other states, and critically assess the local contexts to frame the evidence for decision makers.