Research and Evaluation

Investments that encourage a focus on quality research and evaluation to learn what ideas and approaches are most effective for improving the well-being of children and families.

With an ambi­tious goal to ensure that all chil­dren in the Unit­ed States suc­ceed, it’s imper­a­tive that we sup­port the adop­tion of approach­es, poli­cies and pro­grams proven to work. To that end, we’ve devel­oped a robust research and eval­u­a­tion agenda.

Deter­min­ing what works, how­ev­er, isn’t always easy. Exist­ing research may be inad­e­quate to guide our activ­i­ties or the avail­able data are insuf­fi­cient. Per­haps the com­plex­i­ty of a prob­lem makes prop­er­ly mea­sur­ing suc­cess too daunt­ing or costly.

As an orga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to learn­ing, we rig­or­ous­ly eval­u­ate the effec­tive­ness of our own ideas and solu­tions and share our lessons broad­ly. We also strength­en the capac­i­ty of oth­ers to do the same, help­ing them devel­op stronger data sys­tems and adding to the knowl­edge base of emerg­ing ideas.

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Best Practices for Youth-Led Participatory Research Projects

Recommendations for implementing projects led by youth. Learn how to best include young people in research.

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Identifying Best Approaches With Research and Data

The Casey Foundation is supporting research to help strengthen rural families.

Helping Rural Kids and Parents Succeed

Learn more about Casey's work to support Rural IMPACT, a federal initiative to reduce poverty in 10 sites through coordinated services for both children and parents.

Members of the Casey Foundation's Leaders in Evaluation and Equitable Diversity cohort.

Improving Evaluation Science With Diversity

The Foundation's Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity seeks to increase the diversity of leaders in the evluation space to improve the knowledge base and make better and more inclusive science and social innovation.

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Understanding Child Welfare Funding

A report on child welfare financing is an example of how the Casey Foundation funds fact finding and data gathering to advance the work of policymakers, practitioners and communities.