Research funding structures are important drivers for change within our system. The transformative mandate for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research that is ensconced in legislation, has helped to create new models for funding and provides a constant reminder that research is a public good. A joint initiative of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council led to the establishment of the novel Community Alliance for Health Research Program in 1999. This was an important funding source for the work described in these chapters. This research program was set up, in part, to provide the funding structure required for extensive collaborations and sustainable partnerships that would address priority social issues. This funding model was intended to support research partnerships of mutual engagement and shared vision, not partnerships of convenience. It was recognized that establishing and nurturing partnerships involved real costs and that these costs had to be part of the funding equation.
The focus of this book is a composite set of partnerships in six Canadian provinces that tackled child neglect and maltreatment. As the authors point out, these tenacious and complex social concerns demand an ecosystemic approach. This approach is illustrated through numerous examples of innovative service delivery approaches that were a source of inquiry. The inequities that underlie the overrepresentation of some population subgroups (e.g. Aboriginals, disabled) in the child welfare system were of particular concern to the research teams and the prominence of their research studies in these areas is noteworthy. Partnership models are especially important if we are going to successfully address the layered social inequities that are refl ected among vulnerable population subgroups in the child welfare system.
Individual chapters may be opened below:
- Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Research-Community Partnerships: A Systematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research
- Chapter 2: Evidence-Based Management in Child Welfare: Researchers and Decision-makers Working Hand in Hand
- Chapter 3: The Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathways (MAP) Project Feasibility Study: Are Youth Involved with Child Protection Services a Feasible Sub-population for Study?
- Chapter 4: University-Government Partnerships for Examining Issues Relating to Children with Disabilities Coming in the Care of Mandated Child Welfare Agencies
- Chapter 5: Supporting Secondary Analyses of the Canadian Incidence Studies of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS): Partnerships with the Child Welfare Community
- Chapter 6: Evaluating Family Group Conferencing in a First Nation Setting: An Example of University-First Nation Child Welfare Agency Collaboration
- Chapter 7: Respite Care Partnerships Addressing Young Children Living at Home and Followed by Child Welfare
- Chapter 8: Wood’s Homes - University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work Innovative Partnership
- Chapter 9: Research-Practice Partnership in Developing Services for Neglect
- Chapter 10: Treatment Foster Care: Children’s Voices and Perspectives
- Chapter 11: An Evaluation of Canadian Research-Community Partnerships in Child Welfare
- Chapter 12: Research Partnerships in Child Welfare: Synthesis and Future Directions