CSU, county and state partnership uses research to shift child welfare practice in Colorado

October 3, 2019

In 2004, the School of Social Work at Colorado State University, ten county departments of human services and the Colorado Department of Human Services created the Applied Research in Child Welfare Project, called ARCH for short. Through ARCH, the social work community was able to conduct applied research on child welfare interventions to inform social work practice and policy in Colorado and across the United States.

ARCH has been instrumental in amassing evidence on best practices in child welfare to lead the way for shifts in practice in Colorado. Much of their work has laid the groundwork for implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act in Colorado.

Learn more about the history and accomplishments of ARCH in the graphic below and on CSU's website.

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