The Children’s Administration- University of Washington Evidence Based Practice Partnership

Principal Investigator: 
Eric Trupin, Ph.D.
Funding Source: 
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Children’s Administration
Project Period: 
Since 2012 - June 2014
Project Contact: 
Tammy Cordova, Washington State DSHS, Children’s Administration
Tim Kelly, Washington State DSHS, Children’s Administration
Kimberlee Shoecraft, Washington State DSHS, Children’s Administration
Project Summary: 

The Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) has partnered with the Children’s Administration (CA) of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to oversee and administer training, coaching, and fidelity monitoring for a selected number of evidence based practices (EBPs) provided to children and families in Washington State involved in the child welfare system. CA’s commitment to increase access to evidence-based practices that are appropriate to meeting the safety, permanency, and well-being needs of children in its care has provided impetus for this new state-academic collaboration.  

The mission of the Partnership is to ensure that families are referred to, receive, and successfully complete services that effectively promote child safety, permanency, and well-being. We will achieve this mission by providing more consistent, higher quality workforce support; collect data on the training and fidelity of evidence based practices that can be analyzed and used on an on-going basis to inform decisions, improve cost efficiencies around training and fidelity monitoring by using a single entity; and to establish more consistent and responsive policies around provider engagement, support, outreach, and information.

More specifically, PBHJP is responsible for:

  1. Administering high quality and cost effective Evidence Based Practice training;
  2. Ensuring fidelity to EBP model standards and practice parameters through coaching, consultation, and fidelity measurement and feedback;
  3. Developing assessment and decision tools to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of Evidence-Based program dissemination; and
  4. Perform data analysis and reporting on basic performance measures of interest to the Children’s Administration
Archived Projects & Programs
Additional Reports: 

Bruns, E.J., Kelly, T., Negrete, A. (2013, May). Evaluating the Success of a Statewide EBP Scale-UP Project: The Children’s Administration-University of Washington EBP Partnership. Presented at the 2013 Seattle Implementation Collaborative, Seattle, WA.  

Sedlar, G. (2014, February). Enhancing Motivation of Parents Involved in Child Welfare to Participate in Parenting Programs. Presented through the Web-Based Go-To-Meeting Platform, Seattle, WA