Webinar: Implementing Evidence and Research in Public Systems

Posted February 28, 2018
Leading with evidence and informing practice with research

On March 23, the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion and the William T. Grant Foun­da­tion are launch­ing a four-part webi­nar series, Lead­ing With Evi­dence: Inform­ing Prac­tice With Research.

The open­ing ses­sion, Bring­ing Evi­dence-Based Pro­gram Adap­ta­tions into Pub­lic Child Wel­fare Sys­tems, aims to help child wel­fare lead­ers imple­ment adap­ta­tions of research-informed pro­grams. Dur­ing the hour-long ses­sion, pan­elists will dis­cuss lessons learned from adapt­ing an evi­dence-based fam­i­ly ther­a­py inter­ven­tion called Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Therapy.

The adapt­ed pro­gram, Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py-Fos­ter Care, focus­es on youth in fos­ter care and their fam­i­lies who are work­ing through spe­cif­ic clin­i­cal issues, such as trau­ma and aban­don­ment. The pro­gram seeks to inte­grate evi­dence on risk fac­tors as well as pro­tec­tive fac­tors that can keep young peo­ple in care from liv­ing suc­cess­ful­ly in families.

The webi­nar ses­sion will include insights from Tom Sex­ton, direc­tor of Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py Asso­ciates, and Vicky Kel­ly, for­mer direc­tor of the Delaware Divi­sion of Fam­i­ly Ser­vices, who worked togeth­er to devel­op and test Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py-Fos­ter Care.

This series stems from Lead­ing With Evi­dence con­fer­ences, where child wel­fare lead­ers, researchers and pro­gram devel­op­ers come togeth­er to study and advance the use of evi­dence in the child wel­fare field. The Casey and Grant foun­da­tions have host­ed these con­fer­ences in Bal­ti­more for the last two years.


What: Bring­ing Evi­dence-Based Pro­gram Adap­ta­tions into Pub­lic Child Wel­fare Systems

When: Fri­day, March 23, 2018, at 2 p.m. ET


  • Suzanne Barnard (mod­er­a­tor)
    Direc­tor of the Evi­dence-Based Prac­tice Group with the Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Tom Sex­ton
    Direc­tor of Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py Associates
  • Vicky Kel­ly
    For­mer direc­tor of the Delaware Divi­sion of Fam­i­ly Services
  • Kathryn Way
    Spe­cial assis­tant to the assis­tant com­mis­sion­er for the Divi­sion of Child Pro­tec­tion and Per­ma­nen­cy with the New Jer­sey Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Families

Event pass­word: Evidence

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