The Center for Child and Family Studies


Research Division

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The organizing principle for this division is the concept of Community-Derived Research and Practice, an innovative twist on translational research. Societal problems are so complicated that traditional research too often only minimally affects policy and practice. With Community-Derived Research and Practice, the research questions and program concerns come directly from our community partners. We then work side by side to address these identified needs in a number of ways:

  • Research projects are uniquely tailored to answer the questions of the community partner, and these answers are then immediately applied to practice and policy.
  • Evaluators work closely with an organization’s program staff to ensure that the program is set up efficiently, that the evaluation does not burden program staff, and that results of the evaluation are used to improve the program.
  • CCFS staff collaborates with our community partners to develop creative programs and services that target identified areas of concern and that evolve with the changing needs of the community.

We are working with a variety of different agencies and community organizations to identify emerging issues, create innovative solutions, and evaluate new programs. The result is increased accountability and efficiency for our partners.


Available Services:


  • Program Evaluation
  • Interpreter Qualification Training Classes
  • Development of Adobe Live Cycle data entry forms

For additional information on The Center’s Research, Evaluation, and Emerging Community Issues’ services available, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (803) 777-1378.

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