The Child Welfare Research and Training Project

The Child Welfare and Training Project is located in the Elm Residence Hall. Don't come through the main residence hall doors, look for this sign on the northwest corner!

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What if the State of Iowa could help reduce the number of child support cases in arrears? What if there was a way to predict which individuals are more likely to pay off arrears in the future?

Courtney Mull (pictured with PIAL outreach coordinator Jo Ann Lee) is an undergraduate student employee at the Child Welfare Research and Training Project. She was recently honored as a nominee for Iowa State’s Student Employee of the Year award.

Martha Stewart, ISU Trainer, was honored by Iowa State University for her 25 years of service.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Department of Human Services staff across Iowa showed their support for the cause by wearing purple. Child Welfare Research and Training Project staff (pictured) also got involved through #PurpleThursday on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Learn more about the Spotlight on Domestic Violence.

Janet Melby received the Professional and Scientific Distinguished Service in Administration award on April 24th.


The Child Welfare Research and Training Project (CWRTP) evaluates programming, conducts research on outcomes of programs, trains Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) employees, and assesses for quality and technical assurance for many of the programs housed within Iowa DHS. The overall goal is to help the families and children in Iowa have their health and human services needs met effectively and with the utmost support and respect.

The CWRTP is a collaboration between ISU faculty and staff, graduate assistants, Iowa citizens, and state and local DHS employees and supervisors. We work together to ensure that Iowa’s children and families receive services and care informed by best practices that lead to safety and overall well-being. Best practices are ensured through a commitment to enhancing quality assurance, technical excellence, educational training, and research based programming.

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