The Research and Evaluation Section of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) of the County of Los Angeles is responsible for: 1) utilizing the internal capabilities of DCFS to plan and conduct program evaluations and original research projects, 2) supporting the infusion of evidence-based practices into DCFS, and 3) managing the research request processes for researchers who want to conduct work with DCFS.
The Research and Evaluation Section conducts research and evaluation for ongoing and new DCFS programs. Our role in support of external researchers encompasses three areas:
This website concentrates primarily on the research request processes for external researchers and DCFS staff.
- Facilitate research that is relevant to the field of child welfare and beneficial to the DCFS’s children and families.
- Identify and solicit research on subjects of interest to DCFS that lead to better understanding of the children and families we serve, and support new and improved policies leading to better outcomes.
- Disseminate research findings in the field of child welfare, child abuse, and neglect; external research conducted on the children and families we serve; and internal studies and surveys.
Policy and Ethical Principles
A key policy for all research undertaken with DCFS is the protection and safety of children and families by safeguarding the confidentiality of private information and the protection of human subjects. The three ethical principles in the Belmont Report guide all DCFS research requiring human subjects: 1) respect for persons, 2) beneficence, and 3) justice. Additional detail is contained in the Information Guide for Researchers.
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