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Policy Research & Evaluation:

Linking Research, Policy, and Practice


Research and evaluation are integral components of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD). The core activities of the GUCCHD are grounded in a solid research base and are continually informed, improved, and sustained by ongoing evaluation. An interdisciplinary team guides the internal and external research and evaluation activities.

Evaluation of Training and Technical Assistance (TA) Performance

The assessment of training and TA performance examines short-term and intermediate outcomes for different TA strategies. These efforts are built upon four core principles:

  • Effective partnerships and a participatory approach
    The team continuously collaborates with TA recipients and advisors in the design and implementation of evaluation and research strategies. This participatory approach ensures that assessments provide relevant and useful data for evaluating impact and refining activities.
  • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
    TA is continually informed by input from TA recipients and GUCCHD staff. Feedback is elicited on the content, process, quality, utility, and impact, with reports and debriefings provided to faculty, staff, and advisors to improve strategies.
  • Innovative evaluation strategies and focus on impact
    GUCCHD strives to move beyond formative evaluation strategies to continually advance the scope and quality of the evaluation work. GUCCHD’s approach is characterized by a strong emphasis on innovative assessment strategies to establish impact.
  • Building capacity
    GUCCHD provides TA to states and communities to enhance their capacity to undertake CQI and outcome evaluation, use data to improve and sustain systems of care and services, develop research programs, and enhance data infrastructure.

Services Research and Evaluation

GUCCHD develops, implements, and evaluates innovative service programs aimed at improving the quality of care for persons with behavioral health challenges as well as to prevent these problems. Studies are developed through partnerships with diverse stakeholders—consumers, families, schools, provider organizations, local and state agencies—and employ a variety of mixed research methods. Efforts aim to inform treatments and system modifications that will result in better detection of need and better access to evidence-based prevention and treatment.

Contact Information

For further information or additional questions, please contact:
Bruno Anthony, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Director
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University