Research and Evaluation

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) partners with government, academic and community organizations to implement applied research and rigorous program evaluation.

Using a community-based, participatory approach, we engage public and private sector stakeholders in designing, implementing, and evaluating the impact of innovations and evidence-based practices. Our approach relies on mixed-methods designs to ensure findings are interpreted within a cultural and contextual framework.

Our work focuses on children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs. Interventions seek to mitigate the impacts of adversity, promote resilience, and reduce disparities in access and outcomes. We work nationally and internationally with a special focus on supporting services and systems in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

The Center’s ongoing community and clinical services, workforce development and technical assistance initiatives provide ongoing partners for our research and evaluation projects.

For more information about our research and evaluation capacity contact us at:


Selected Activities

Behavioral Health
  • DC Social Emotional and Early Development (SEED) Project
    A four year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreement was awarded to the DC Department of Behavioral Health in 2016 to address the needs of young children (birth-6) who were at-risk for or diagnosed with serious emotional disturbance (SED).
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Formula Evaluation 
    The DC Department of Health contracts with GUCCHD to evaluate the federal dollars it receives from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support MIECHV home visiting supports within the District of Columbia.
  • Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Innovation Evaluation
    The DC Department of Health was awarded an Innovation Award in 2017 centered around implementing the Fussy Baby Facilitating Attuned INteractions (FAN) model to support family retention. GUCCHD and Kaye Implementation & Evaluation were contracted to evaluate the implementation of this model. 
Developmental Disabilities
  • Re-hospitalization Rates for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilites in the District of Columbia. This study will provide more information on how these rates compare to adults without diagnosed IDD; factors that contribute to hospitalizations; and the percentage of observed re-hospitalizations that are preventable.
Early Childhood
  • DC Home Visiting: Evaluation and Innovation s
  • RWJF: Accessing IECMHC in Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care Settings
    This study is investigating how Family Friend and Neighbor care providers access mental health consultation across the country. 
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.