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Understanding the risk factors children face helps strengthen the work of agencies and programs. Mathematica contributes to these efforts by advancing research on child welfare programs. We work across a range of issues to provide expertise on the design of child abuse and neglect studies, evaluation technical assistance for homelessness prevention efforts, and data-driven evaluations of home visiting and other programs. For ACF, we are conducting a participatory and utilization-focused cross-site evaluation by identifying strategies for adopting, implementing, and sustaining evidence-based home visiting programs to prevent child maltreatment. Also for ACF, we are participating in a multi-site randomized trial evaluation of state grants to fund home visiting services for families with pregnant women and children ages birth to 5, in addition to developing design options for future studies to improve monitoring and assessment of child abuse and neglect reporting. Read more about our child welfare work.
Child Maltreatment Incidence Data Linkages (CMI Data Linkages)
The Child Maltreatment Incidence Data Linkages project examines the feasibility of using linked administrative data to understand child maltreatment incidence and related risk and protective factors.
Informal Child Care in Detroit
Detroit’s Early Childhood Partnership initiative was designed to reduce vulnerabilities caused by economic and social inequity through community engagement, stakeholder collaboration, and research. Mathematica conducted a review of the informal child care landscape in Detroit.
Christine Ross has expertise in designing and conducting rigorous evaluations of program impacts and descriptive, policy-focused studies in the areas of early childhood education, K–12 education, and child welfare policies and programs.Featured Projects
- Improving Practice: The Study of Coaching Practices in Early Care and Education (SCOPE)
- PREP: Supporting Evaluation and Innovation in Promising Youth Pregnancy Prevention Programs
- The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Evaluation Toolkit
- A Year in Head Start: Children, Families and Programs
- Early Childhood
- Child Welfare
- Early Childhood Systems
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Labor: Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Child Welfare
- Human Services