• November 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 8

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The 2nd National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit

The best efforts of Hurricane Irene and the recent East Coast earthquake could not stop the Children’s Bureau’s second National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit. Scheduled to be held in Washington, DC, on August 29-31, 2011, the first day was canceled because of flight delays resulting from the hurricane; however, some quick rescheduling allowed for a full 2 days of meetings and presentations that focused on the summit’s themes of Building Evidence, Strengthening Practice, and Informing Policy.

Commissioner Bryan Samuels of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) presented the opening keynote address, noting the importance of cross-disciplinary research and the lessons that child welfare can take from such fields as brain research. The remainder of the opening plenary focused on translating research to practice and the best ways for that to happen in child welfare.

Many of the presentations and conference materials are posted on the Evaluation Summit website:


The full program for the Child Welfare Evaluation Summit also is available:


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