Child Trends actively collaborates with its clients and offers strategic guidance to help them meet their goals. We conduct independent, actionable research that describes and analyzes how children, youth, and families are faring; provide evidence-based technical assistance to programs; clearly communicate our findings to policymakers and practitioners in accessible and actionable ways; and conduct a range of activities to help organizations improve the efficacy of their direct services.
As programs move from innovation to full-scale implementation, they need high-quality information on the feasibility of scaling, the use of data to maintain service quality and improve programs, and assessing their programmatic impact. Evaluation tools can serve programs at all stages of development, from initial goal-setting and data collection to continuous goal improvement to rigorous impact studies. At Child Trends, we fit evaluation approaches to our clients’ needs—not the other way around—drawing from a full array of evaluation tools and approaches.
Child Trends helps program administrators and practitioners by:
Federal, state, and local policies influence the lives of children and families. Policies shape how government agencies, and the programs they administer, support children’s development, health, and safety. They dictate which families qualify for a child care subsidy, how much money is available to fund child welfare services, and what data schools are required to report publicly. We understand the policy environment in which children and families live, and we share our research with our clients to inform the policy decisions that impact children and families.
We have deep experience with strategic planning and implementation, including digital, social, traditional media, and stakeholder outreach. We tailor dissemination to audiences’ needs so that the right information goes to the right people. Beyond providing communications services, we contribute to communications research through projects such as the Child Trends News Service.
Clients that have benefited from our communications expertise include the federal Office of Adolescent Health, the Alliance for Early Success, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Our communications team provides:
Child Trends partners with experts and thought leaders to examine critical issues facing children and youth. By convening and engaging a range of stakeholders—from practitioners to policymakers to youth themselves—we ensure that their voices are factored into decisions.
We understand that innovations have the greatest chance of success when they are grounded in a thorough understanding of prior research and practice. Child Trends works with funders, policymakers, and program staff to summarize and synthesize the literature on a range of topics and programs affecting children and families.
Child Trends helps the field by:
Child Trends is a national leader in tracking and analyzing measures of child and family well-being. We possess extensive knowledge of the federal statistical system, as well as experience working with small- and large-scale surveys, online or “big” data, and administrative data. We excel at spotting, analyzing, and explaining trends that affect children’s well-being.
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Child Trends’ training and technical assistance provide evidence-based support to bolster organizations’ and providers’ capacity to improve the well-being of families and children. We work with individual programs focused on community change and manage multi-million-dollar federal technical assistance centers.
We provide technical assistance that:
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