The System Improvement & Research Section
The System Improvement and Research (SIR) Section of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is responsible for:
SIR Section is also responsible for managing external research requests and coordinating data extraction requests.
- DCFS’s ability to successfully implement its Strategic Plan, which provides goal setting, capacity-building and implementation planning.
- DCFS-wide systems change supported by on-going research.
- Ensuring DCFS has the capability to successfully research and make recommendations towards improved organizational functioning.
The key ethical principle for all research within 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:
- Respect for Persons