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
  • 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.
  • DC -Early Childhood Innovation Network
  • Evaluation of Mental Health First Aid
    This national research project that lead to the development of a psychometrically adequate tool, the Mental Health Beliefs and Literacy Scale (MBLS), to evaluate MHFA training in the US. The MBLS is being used in a national longitudinal study in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health and SAMHSA-funded Project AWARE grants to evaluate the effectiveness of MHFA training in the US.
Cultural and Linguistic Competence
Developmental Disabilities
  • Health Screening for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Overall findings showed that with clear guidelines and a fairly simple tracking process, it is possible to assure that individuals with ID in public care receive most recommended preventive health screens, and at higher rates than the general population.  (Brown, M., Jacobstein, D., Yoon, I. S., Anthony, B., & Bullock, K. (2016). Systemwide Initiative Documents Robust Health Screening for Adults With Intellectual Disability. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities54(5), 354-365.)
  • 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
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.