Conducting research to generate knowledge that improves outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

We engage in the full range of prevention and intervention research –including descriptive research, intervention development and piloting, quasi-experimental comparison group studies, randomized controlled trials, and implementation research. Read more about various research projects and findings on our Publications or Projects pages.


Linking research to practice for child welfare practitioners.

POC is a key partner in the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence, collaborating with practitioners, researchers, and administrators throughout Washington State to define social worker competencies, develop curricula, and evaluate the efforts of the Alliance.


Developing the next generation of researchers and practitioners.

POC staff members mentor University of Washington graduate students interested in child welfare research, policy, and education.


Providing timely information based on available research and data for emerging policy and practice issues in Washington State.

We analyze data from DSHS Children’s Administration, synthesize child welfare research from Washington and other states, and critically assess the local trends and contexts to build an evidence bank that can be used to inform decisions – among legislators, Children’s Administration staff, advocates and more.