Research & Evaluation

The staff at TXICFW consists of experienced researchers who have direct practice experience in the field. When asked to perform an evaluation of a program or service, TXICFW’s primary concern is how an evaluation can positively contribute to the community and elicit impactful change. We address this by translating research into practical recommendations that can be used by those directly working with children and families. TXICFW conducts process and outcome evaluations utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods to ensure that the full range of contributing factors of a program’s success is captured and considered in future program improvements. The TXICFW team leads every step needed to successfully evaluate including:

  • Research development & design
  • Survey development and administration
  • Data management and analysis
  • Results synthesis and dissemination by creating full reports & briefs, presentations, one pagers, infographics and or video.

A key feature in our research and evaluation services is our commitment to translating our research for a wide audience to ensure accessibility and utility for direct service practitioners, advocates, policymakers, children, parents, and families.

Interested evaluating your program, services, or community initiatives?
please contact: Monica Faulkner at

See our current Research & Evaluation projects below:

Current Projects

Foster Care Rate Modernization

Project Overview: TXICFW staff is consulting with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as they restructure foster care rates to better meet the needs of providers. Project Partners: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Blackstone Solutions Deckinga Group

Texas Youth Permanency Study

Texas Youth Permanency Study

The Texas Youth Permanency Study (TYPS) examines the long-term outcomes and opportunities of youth in the Texas Foster Care System. Specifically, the study seeks to understand the quality of relationships developed by youth in care and identify factors that help youth sustain strong and supportive relationships when they exit out of foster care. Relational permanency… Read more »

Completed Projects

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Understanding the Community Service Response & Needs in Texas

Parenting and family-centered services are emerging areas of support available in domestic violence agencies. However more information is needed about the help-seeking, support needs, and service access and experience of Texas children and adolescents exposed to domestic violence. In collaboration with the University of Texas Medical Branch Health Center for Violence Prevention, Texas Council on Family… Read more »

Austin Angels Program Evaluation

Austin Angels Program Evaluation

National Angels embarking on program evaluation, striving to build evidence National Angels has partnered with the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) to explore the impact of its services for its Austin Angels chapter. After receiving years of anecdotal feedback to attest to the effectiveness of National Angels’ programming, TXICFW will conduct a… Read more »

Strong Fathers Strong Families Research Project

Strong Fathers Strong Families Research Project

Project Overview: The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing has been contracted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to develop an evaluation plan for the Strong Fathers Strong Families program, a father engagement program implemented at schools throughout the country as well as internationally. Strong Fathers Strong Families have a variety of events within… Read more »

Learning About Healthy Relationships

About the study Foster youth tend to interact with many people, but they have few genuine connections. Older youth are most likely to experience placement instability that impacts their ability to develop and maintain close relationships with family, caregivers, peers, and dating partners. Rules in foster care often prohibit romantic relationships, yet foster youth have… Read more »

Safe Babies Program Evaluation

Safe Babies Program Evaluation

The Safe Babies program is designed to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers in foster care by supporting their attachment needs at the most critical time in a child’s development.  First3Years, formerly Texas Association for Infant Mental Health (TAIMH), began in 1980 as a group of volunteers in the infant mental health field who were concerned about… Read more »

Project HOPES Evaluation

Project Hopes Evaluation

Understanding the impact of community-based child maltreatment prevention. The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) at the University of Texas at Austin is collaborating with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) division to carry out a cross-site evaluation of the Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support… Read more »

Child Care Market Rate and Quality Care Survey

Child Care Market Rate And Quality Care Survey

The Texas Child Care Survey is a project carried out by the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing and the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at The University of Texas at Austin under contract with the Texas Workforce Commission. The survey has two sections: the Texas Child Care Market Rate… Read more »