Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training (CWPART) Overview
The Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training (CW-PART) is a unique university-agency partnership and a pioneering model for the integration of research into practice. The CW-PART creates partnered-research projects that include teams of Title IV-E students working under the supervision of faculty to focus on research questions identified in partnership with the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) or community-based organizations. It expressly incorporates the unique local context of evidence-based practices that affect children and families. These projects are supported by the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC).
• Collaborating with faculty to identify research questions of priority interest to the agency
• Facilitating access to data
• Participating in final dissemination event
• Working with a team of students led by the faculty member
• Working on projects that may start and finish in one academic year, or on larger multi-year projects
• Writing an academic literature review, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting findings, identifying practice and policy implications of findings, and writing up a traditional research report
• Developing dissemination products relevant to a practitioner and policy audience, and sharing these at an in-person or on-line dissemination forum
• Working with agencies during the summer to develop projects
• Facilitating the work of the research team throughout the academic year to implement projects
• Finalizing dissemination products and participation in the dissemination forum
What are The Benefits of the CWPART Model?
Students receive training and education on the process of applied research and evaluation, as well as collaboration and problem-solving within a team environment.
For our Agency Partners
• A team of faculty-led student researchers exploring topics of priority interest to the agency
• Study results of potentially greater benefit and usefulness than those of typical student projects, as CWPART student research projects tend to be larger in scope
• Meaningful integration of agency guidance and input into research projects, and minimization of burdens that often accompany individual projects (such as the time needed to assist individual student)
Faculty benefit by having student support on research projects aligned with their interests in the IRB process and obtaining access to data or participants) and more.