The National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice (NRCFCP) was founded to conduct rigorous evaluation and research on topics related to child welfare, family support, and family preservation. Today, we remain committed to  this work, but also engage in extensive efforts to translate research into practice in areas such as  public health, education, justice, aging and substance use.

Our public health evaluation program is organized under the Center for Public Health Evaluation while our substance use work is under the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation umbrella. Through our research and evaluation work, we continually seek to better understand the factors that contribute to child, family, and community well-being.

NRC staff and faculty affiliates have extensive expertise in interdisciplinary research and evaluation methods. This facilitates our work with a wide variety of projects and stakeholders. All research and evaluation staff have completed University of Iowa Institutional Review Board (IRB) training for human subjects protections which conforms to federal requirements under the Federal Wide Assurance (FWA00003007) and the American Evaluation Association's Guiding Principles.

Services we provide include:

  • Logic model development
  • Needs assessments
  • Evaluation and monitoring
  • Case Study development
  • Evaluation capacity building
  • Assistance with grant writing for evaluation and assessment sections of proposals


  • Survey design and implementation
  • Instrument development and testing
  • Focus group mediation and transcription
  • Event observation and documentation
  • Interviews and guided discussions
  • Social Network Analysis
  • In-depth data analysis, tailored to your specific need

Organizations, agencies, and others in need of research and evaluation support should contact NRC Research Director, Dr. Brad Richardson at

Areas of Expertise

The Research and Evaluation team at the NRCFCP completes work in a range of child- and family-centered practice areas across the health and human services spectrum. Our practice areas include Child Welfare, Community Development, Cultural Competence, Early Childhood and Family Support, Health Equity, Human Services Workforce and Public Health. In each of these areas, we conduct work which promotes family-centered, community-based, culturally competent practice.

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Child Welfare

Our child welfare work incorporates research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance and assists with program development and implementation.

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Community Development

The NRCFCP has a rich history of working with communities to affect positive change. 

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Cultural Competence

The NRC offers cultural competence trainings focused on understanding the strengths and enhancing the resilience of diverse families and communities.

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Early Childhood and Family Support

Family support describes both an approach and a set of services, supports and opportunities that enable and empower families to successfully nurture and care for their children. 

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Health Equity

The NRCFCP has a long history of research and evaluation, technical assistance, training and community efforts to reduce disparities in health, child welfare, education and juvenile justice systems.

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Human Services Workforce

The NRCFCP has led a variety of research and training efforts centered on recruiting, retaining, and developing the human services workforce.

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Public Health

The Center for Evaluation Research has conducted public health research and evaluation projects within the NRCFCP since 2006.