Research and Evaluation

Research and evaluation is an integral component of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD), informing, improving and sustaining the other core activities—policy development, technical assistance, training, and clinical and community service. The Research and Evaluation Team (RET) guides the Center's internal and external research and evaluation activities.

Our Approach to Research and Evaluation

  • Effective (Strong) Partnerships: Collaborating with families and youth, communities, local agencies, national organizations, and universities in developing, designing and conducting research projects.
  • Innovative Evaluation Strategies: Moving beyond typical evaluation strategies to develop models to measure and advance the scope and quality of the Center's work and that of our partners. We carefully tap the opinions of all stakeholders to capture their experience.
  • Applied Research: Balancing scientific rigor with practical considerations regarding what is relevant and useful for children, families, communities, providers, and policy makers.
  • Building Research and Evaluation Capacity: Providing technical assistance to "non-evaluators" to enhance understanding of evaluation and guide development of compelling, data-driven strategies that will help transform, improve and sustain programs.

Research and Evaluation Activities

Services Research and Evaluation

We develop, implement and test innovative service programs to aid children, adults and their families and evaluate ongoing services. We engage in practice and service systems research aimed at improving the quality of care for persons with mental health and developmental challenges as well as programs to prevent these problems. We work with service delivery organizations to develop, test and evaluate interventions to help improve their response. This agenda requires that we confront and creatively address critical conceptual and methodological challenges across two potential divides: (1) the divide between systems of care, and (2) the divide between research and practice.

Studies are developed through partnerships with of diverse stakeholders—consumers, families, schools, provider organizations, local and state agencies-and employ a variety of mixed research methods. Funding derives from national, state and foundation sources. Ultimately, our research and evaluation efforts aim to inform treatments and system modifications that will result in better detection of need and better access to evidence-based prevention and treatment.

Across the Center, service research and evaluation areas include: Mental Health and Schools, Early Childhood Mental Health, Family Involvement, Adaptation to Health Care Challenges, and Disparities in Familie's Access to Information.

Evaluation of Training and Technical Assistance

We develop and implement strategies to measure the effectiveness and impact of a wide range of training and technical assistance (T/TA) efforts to help realize program priorities and program improvement initiatives carried out by GUCCHD and other partners. In the evaluation of T/TA efforts, the goal is to measure process outcomes, utility, effectiveness, quality, satisfaction, knowledge increase, changes in attitudes and behavior, short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes, and systems change. The scope and intensity of the T/TA activities determines the evaluation strategy used. Recent efforts have been made to increase the intensity of our internal accountability efforts around our T/TA activities, moving beyond quality improvement to measuring impact and effectiveness.

Current T/TA evaluation efforts include: Leadership Academies, Policy Academies, Transformation Facilitation, National Teleconference Call Series, and Impact Assessment.


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