Call for Abstracts for the 2019 National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit

The Call for Abstracts for the 2019 US National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit is broad and inclusive. Any proposal that substantively contributes to one or more of the three primary goals—building evidence, strengthening practice, and informing policy—will be considered.

Proposals that advance the Children's Bureau's (CB's) prevention-focused vision for the future of child welfare, inform efforts to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), or promote the routine and practical use of data and evaluation to continue to improve child welfare practice are strongly encouraged. Children's Bureau also has an interest in proposals that demonstrate productive and meaningful collaboration, such as interjurisdictional and cross-disciplinary approaches to data collection, sharing, and analysis and/or partnerships between evaluators and child welfare agencies or communities of interest.

In general, Children's Bureau seeks sessions that focus on longstanding and emerging evaluation issues and practice challenges, with special attention to points of debate, gaps in knowledge, innovative methods, and new findings that contribute to stakeholders’ understanding of how to prevent and respond to child maltreatment more effectively. Proposals that engage multiple conference audiences, invite constructive dialogue, and present multiple points of view may be given preference.

The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2019.