Transformative Research

The Transformative Research team at the Kempe Center is dedicated to studying ways to improve the lives of children, youth and families.

We have a diverse portfolio of research and evaluation studies that range from preventing child maltreatment, effectively identifying maltreatment and other trauma, strategies for referring and connecting families with treatment, studying effective interventions, implementation science, and examining the impact of service systems on child welfare outcomes. Our goal is to live into a transformational research agenda that boldly incorporates strategies that enhance Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (especially inclusion of family and youth voice) and ensures impact through aligning with advocacy and dissemination.

Clinical & Behavioral Health


The Kempe Center is one of three “hub” sites for the CAPNET Research Network. CAPNET conducts rigorous, multi-center, clinical research to make the care of potentially abused children and their families more effective, safe, and fair. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, CAPNET collects data from 11 leading US pediatric centers on more than 4000 children each year who undergo sub-specialty evaluation for child physical abuse. To learn more, visit:

Program & Service Research

Many of our Evidence-Based and Research Informed Programs have active research and evaluation. Please see these pages for more information.

Systems Research & Evaluation

Supporting Youth Transitioning from Foster Care

Child Maltreatment Epidemiology

Child Welfare Decision Making and the Decision Making Ecology

Quality Improvement Center (QIC) on Workforce Development


Reports, Resources & Publications

Published: November 30, 2023
Published: November 1, 2023
Authors: Kearney, A. D., Wilson, E. S., Hollinshead, D. M., Poletika, M., Kestian, H. H., Stigdon, T. J., Miller, E. A., & Fluke, J. D.
Source: Casey Family Programs
Published: September 25, 2023
Published: June 30, 2018
Source: Colorado Community Response (CCR) Evaluation Brief 2014-2018
Source: Colorado Community Response (CCR) Final Evaluation Report 2014-2018