Campus Gate To Washington Square Hall

Research Centers

The School of Social Work houses several collaborative research centers and groups that offer students the opportunity to participate in a variety of research projects and/or trainings.

California's Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Capped Allocation Project Evaluation

On July 1, 2007, California and two of its counties, Alameda County and Los Angeles County, began implementing the Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Capped Allocation Project (CAP). The purpose of the CAP is to assist the child welfare and probation systems in developing and implementing alternative services to foster care to bring about better outcomes for children and families. Under the CAP, the Title IV-E entitlement is suspended for five years and the allocation capped in exchange for eliminating eligibility restrictions, flexibility in the use of the dollars, and the opportunity to generate and retain savings.

The evaluation of the CAP is being conducted by researchers at the School of Social Work. The evaluation reports, along with other documents and information can be found at the  CAP website. Questions about the CAP, the evaluation, and evaluation reports can be directed to the Principal Investigator: Charlie Ferguson, Ph.D


The College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) houses the Center for Applied Research on Human Services (CARHS) that provides research services and supports for San Jose State University (SJSU) faculty interested in human services research. For more information please visit the CARHS website.


The Center promotes healthy aging among multi-cultural and diverse populations living in the San Francisco Bay area. With faculty affiliates from all academic disciplines at SJSU, the Center facilitates interdisciplinary aging research, education and training, and strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working with older adults. For more information please visit the CHAMP website.

Selected Community Partnered Research Projects

Child Welfare Community Research Partnership

Differential Response: Service Use and Outcomes Among Families Using Voluntary Services

Understanding the Role of Fathers in Child Welfare Reunification:
A Secondary Data Analysis

Dependency Advocacy Center Mentor Parent Project

Advancing Trauma‐Informed Systems Change in a Dependency Drug Treatment Court Context