Center for Healthy Children


Policy & Engagement

Influencing local, state, and federal policy related to child welfare and child maltreatment is a core aim of the CMSN. The goal is to provide the leadership, resources, and awareness that will create the necessary scaffolding to translate science to policy that directly improves the lives of youth and families affected by child maltreatment. The Network serves as a national model for the generation of translational science by forging coalitions to facilitate the rapid transfer of knowledge to practice to policy. We do this by positioning the Network as a valuable resource from which policy-makers can benefit and by educating researchers about the policy implications of their work and creating and national collation of scientists and practitioners whose work informs the complex issue of child maltreatment.

In this section professional can find the necessary resources, latest research findings, developments in policy about child maltreatment to inform their work and address challenges associated with promoting healthy outcomes for youth and families affected by child maltreatment.

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

Research to Policy Model

The Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) is a nonpartisan model for bridging research and policy, emphasizing partnerships between research experts and legislative staff. This work builds off of the science of how research evidence is used by policymakers. The approach involves a series of steps to build capacity for researchers' policy engagement that correspond with 3 primary objectives:

  1. Identify legislative priorities and opportunities for leveraging evidence-based strategies through interviews with legislative staff.
  2. Coalesce a Rapid Response Network comprised of individuals with research expertise related to legislative priorities.
  3. Support legislative offices by coordinating a response to legislative needs or inquiries.

The Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) involves preparing and engaging researchers around policy efforts related to their expertise because doing so is thought to support policymakers' use of research evidence. The RPC is currently developing a network of researchers, including those in applied settings, who have expertise and experience related to children and families, such as child maltreatment, substance use in families, human trafficking, and other issue areas. Ultimately, the RPC aims to facilitate collaborative relationships with policymakers around using research in ways that advance child and family well-being.

Please consider joining the Rapid Response Network. There are no costs associated with participation and you will receive updates regarding related policies and opportunities to share your expertise with policymakers. This network may also support scholarly networking, professional development (e.g., writing for non-academic audiences), and documentable scholarly impact. To learn more, please review our information for Participating Researchers. To join, please complete our member registration form, which asks about your areas of expertise so that we may minimize future communications to those that are relevant to you. Interested members can contact Taylor Scott with questions or for further information.

Become a Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Affiliate

The Child Maltreatment Solutions Network (Solutions Network) is looking for child maltreatment professionals who would like to join our national effort to contribute to increasing scientific understanding and improving policy related to child maltreatment. We would like to include individuals from a wide array of disciplines (e.g., psychology, social welfare, medicine, law, public policy, biology, sociology) to work with us to make meaningful change in science and practice. The work of Solutions Network affiliates will be included in our Science Repository, the largest database of child maltreatment research in the country. They will also be included in think tank meetings, research efforts, intervention development, listserves, conferences, policy meetings and will be a part of a larger community of experts devoted to improving the lives of children and families affected by child maltreatment.

If you are interested in becoming an affiliate of the Solutions Network, please contact Yo Jackson, Ph.D, ABPP at yjackson@psu.edu.

Briefs

Issues Related to Protective Service Record Expungement and Destruction

CAPTA Congressional Briefing 2018 (PDF 302k)
Preventing Human Trafficking (PDF 801k)

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