Use the following resources to find reports that summarize the effectiveness of general child abuse prevention programs, and evaluations of specific types or models of prevention programs. Also, find State and local examples of reports on the evaluation of child abuse prevention programs.
Development and Evaluation of the Family Asset Builder: A New Child Protective Services Intervention to Address Chronic Neglect (PDF - 247 KB)
Corwin, Maher, Idzelis Rothe, Skrypek, & Kaplan (2014)
Journal of Family Strengths, 14(1)
Offers an evaluation of the Family Asset Builder intervention model for addressing chronic neglect. This model uses the knowledge that the families experiencing neglect do not respond to child welfare's incident-oriented approach and targets the ongoing pattern of parental and familial behavior that allows neglect to carry on.
Evaluation of Colorado Community Response Program Reveals Stronger Families
Presents the results of an evaluation of the Colorado Community Response program, which helps prevent child maltreatment. The study showed that families participating in the program demonstrated an increase in positive behaviors that help prevent child abuse and neglect and also strengthened their economic security and improved their ability to cope with stress.
Healthy Families America Research Findings
Presents key findings from Healthy Families program evaluations across the country.
Improving Outcomes for Children Exposed to Violence
Schultz, Jaycox, Ayer, Messan Setodji, Mahmud, Kofner, & Barnes-Proby (2017)
Presents the key findings of an evaluation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Safe Start Promising Approaches initiative, which provides community-based interventions for children exposed to violence in 10 diverse communities.
Measuring the Impact of Early Childhood Systems: Learning Lab Report
Early Childhood Learning and Innovation Network for Communities (2016)
Explores the common experiences and challenges child welfare professionals encounter when evaluating program practices and their impact at the community level.
A Mixed Methods Evaluation of Early Childhood Abuse Prevention Within Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs (PDF - 807 KB)
Matone, Kellom, Griffis, Quarshie, Faerber, Gierlack, Whittaker et al. (2018)
Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22(1)
Provides the results of a large scale, mixed-methods evaluation to determine the impact and context of early childhood home visiting rates of child abuse-related injury.
A Multilevel Evaluation of a Comprehensive Child Abuse Prevention Program
Lawson, Alameda-Lawson, & Byrnes (2012)
Research on Social Work Practice, 22(5)
Examines the extent to which participation in a county-wide prevention program leads to improvements in protective factors associated with child abuse prevention and whether improvements in measured protective factors relate to decreased odds of child abuse. The study concluded more robustly specified interventions and supports are needed to enhance outcomes for the majority of families targeted by the program, including those who present the greatest vulnerability for child abuse.
Programs That Work
Promising Practices Network (2014)
Features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children. All programs have been reviewed for quality and to ensure they have evidence of positive effects. Programs are assigned to one of three evidence categories based on evidence criteria.
Social Programs That Work Review (PDF - 354 KB)
Laura and John Arnold Foundation (2017)
Provides a summary of an evaluation of the Triple P System parenting program implemented in 18 counties in South Carolina. A cost-benefit analysis of the program and recommendations for study replication are also presented.