CHILD & FAMILY POLICY
Child & Family Policy Lab
The Child and Family Policy Lab works to increase the safety, education, and economic stability of Georgia’s children and families through rigorous research and long-term partnerships with state agencies.
We improve outcomes for our state’s children and families by:
- Housing and preparing individual-level data from state agencies for research
- Evaluating the state’s existing programs and policies under the guidance of agency leadership
- Developing evidence-based improvements
- Creating early warning systems to dedicate resources where they are most needed
- Increasing the state’s research capacity by training both current and future government research analysts and program leaders
Our partnerships are at the heart of our Lab. Our partners guide our questions, help us understand the context of the data, and commit to scaling evidence-based programs. We work collectively to answer questions that cannot be answered by one agency alone and empower research staff of our partner agencies to lead this work through advanced methodological training.
Establish a joint research agenda
Address issues of the whole family and whole child by working collaboratively with our agency partners.
Build research capacity
Create a longitudinal database of administrative data available to both agency staff and our research team; enhance agencies’ research capabilities through ongoing training and embedding researchers in agency offices.
Carry out research
Study impacts of existing policies and programs, launch trials of innovative programs, and evaluate the potential for scaling up.
Shared, ongoing information flow
Learn from each other continuously to enhance the state’s evidence-informed culture; share findings with our partners and the broader community.