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CalSWEC-Supported Research/Practice Partnership Builds Evidence in the Field

In an example of a successful research–practice partnership, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (LA DCFS) and California State University, Long Beach collaborated to evaluate the LA DCFS’s Pomona Family First Project (PFFP).

The results showed that the innovative project provided:

  • more limited caseloads,
  • less transition of social workers, and
  • additional services and supports to families involved in the child welfare system. 

The evaluation also revealed significant improvement in the outcomes for the intervention group and in the match of services to child and family needs. Additionally, the project demonstrated the value of deep collaboration between university researchers and county staff and administrators.

View a summary of the findings

The study, conducted by CSU, Long Beach Assistant Professor Ruth Chambers in a highly collaborative partnership with LA DCFS staff, was funded by CalSWEC. The California Department of Social Services provided support and partial funding for the study.

LA DCFS Deputy Director Maryam Fatemi and Assistant Professor Chambers presented the study and its findings at the May 2012 meeting of the CalSWEC Board of Directors.