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Outcomes & Best Practices

Research can inform our efforts to improve the well-being of Oregon's children, youth. families, and communities.  Specifically research can help to:

  • establish realistic short-term or interim outcomes that will move us toward our long-term goals;
  • identify prevention, intervention, and other approaches that are proven to effective in reaching desired outcomes and goals;
  • define risk and other characteristics of persons who might benefit from support, thus helping communities to target prevention and intervention strategies.

In short, research can guide the development and evaluation of specific prevention and intervention efforts by reveling realistic, interim outcomes and proven approaches that will lead to long term goals.  As new knowledge is gained, our ability to use research findings to guide programs will grow.

Click here to find out what the OSU, Family Policy Program has to say about outcome assessment.