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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.
Sarah Avellar's research interests include early childhood and family support.Featured Projects
- Promoting Safe and Stable Families: Regional Partnership Grants National Cross-Site Evaluation
- How Effective Is Home Visiting?
- On Equal Footing: The Importance of Baseline Equivalence in Measuring Program Effectiveness
- What Isn't There Matters: Attrition and Randomized Controlled Trials
- Early Childhood
- Child Development
- Child Welfare
- Family Support
- Child Welfare
- Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
- Human Services