National Quality Improvement Center  for Collaborative Community Court Teams

Funded By: Administration on Children, Youth and Families – Children’s Bureau

The QIC-CCCT is operated by the Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF) and its partners, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and Advocated for Human Potential (AHP).  NCSC brings expertise in best practices for collaborative courts and extensive court-based networks for dissemination. Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) will conduct a rigorous independent evaluation and bring expertise in Continuous Quality Improvement and applying research to practice.  The QIC-CCCT will also draw on a team of expert consultants including the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, and other nationally-recognized individuals. Consultant areas of expertise include attorney engagement, tribal courts, culturally appropriate services, prenatal substance exposure, early intervention and child development, collaboration with the medical community and practitioners, SUD treatment of pregnant women including those with methamphetamine or opioid use disorders, and community collaboration with opioid-dependent pregnant women.   See below for more information.

NCSC has been working in the dependency court improvement arena for over 25 years, providing knowledge and information, research, consulting, TTAC, and court association support services to state and local courts. NCSC’s staff of 170 have substantive and operational knowledge, and direct court experience with CWS issues, including the evaluation of pilot programs, organizational reviews of current court structures, assessment of services provided to children and families, and improvement plans for service delivery. NCSC developed a nationally recognized set of court performance measures for child protection cases and developed data exchange efforts between child protection courts and CWS agencies to track child and family outcomes, make data-informed policy and practice improvements, and engage in CQI efforts.

With more than 35 years of experience, AHP brings an impressive combination of evaluation skills, subject matter expertise, objectivity, and real-world experience to this evaluation. As an independent research and technical assistance firm that translates “science to service,” AHP is a national leader that works with providers, communities, states, and the federal government to transform systems serving vulnerable populations. With contracts in the areas of CWS, substance use, mental health, homelessness, and criminal justice, AHP works closely with communitybased programs to assess, document, and disseminate promising practices to the field. Staff have extensive evaluation experience with federally-funded projects; designing, implementing, and analyzing mixed-methods process and outcome components; securing and working with CWS and other administrative data; training programs to collect and use data to improve results; and reporting findings in timely and innovative ways.

Demonstration site are further supported by the QIC-CCCT Subject Matter Experts, who are nationally recognized experts.

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