Current Projects

CPR is engaged in a variety of research, evaluation, and technical assistance projects.

Child Support

Family-centered interventions
Colorado’s Generational Opportunities to Achieve Long-term Success

CPR is conducting an evaluation of Araphaoe County, Colorado’s Generational Opportunities to Achieve Long-term Success program, known as GOALS. The evaluation will lead to the first detailed process and outcomes evaluation of a Two-Generation approach to securing economic stability for homeless families. The evaluation of the GOALS program is the first structured attempt to assess the needs of parents and child(ren) in homeless families, and families who are at high-risk of homelessness and report on the impacts of the intervention in a Two-Generation framework. The GOALS project assists single and two-parent households and provide service components for both adults and children. Interventions for children will aim to improve child learning/early education and development. Interventions for adults will aim to improve economic stability, housing, employment, health and well-being.

Improved Payments and Child Success (IMPACS)

The Improved Payments and Child Success (IMPACS) Program is a new project of the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services (DCSS). The program seeks to improve child support payments from non-custodial parents by providing employment and supportive services to overcome barriers to employment and parent-child relationships.

IMPACS intended outcomes are:

  • To increase the number of child support payments received,
  • Improve parent-child relationships,
  • Increase employment outcomes, such as employment attainment, wages, and earning potential.

Child Support Guidelines
CPR assists states with child support guidelines issues

CPR is currently working on guidelines reviews, updates, and projects for Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, Utah, Oklahoma, and Guam. CPR entered into a multi year agreement with Illinois to maintain the state’s reports, tables, and schedules using the income shares methodology. In 2017, the Eastern Shoshone tribe in Wyoming contracted with CPR to review existing guidelines and offer guidance on  improving policies and procedures.

Father Engagement & Healthy Relationships

Fatherhood Programs
Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN)

The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) is a five-year initiative funded by Office of Planning Research and Evaluation to build the evidence base for fatherhood programming. Co-directed by Jessica Pearson of CPR and Jay Fagan, professor of social work, Temple University, FRPN funds teams of researchers and practitioners to conduct rigorous research; provides technical assistance to grantees to improve the quality of the research they conduct; builds the capacity of researchers and fatherhood practitioners by conducting webinars, training programs, preparing written materials, and conducting original research on fatherhood; and disseminates new research and best practices through a comprehensive website,

Parenting Time
Colorado Virtual Access and Visitation Clinic

This study looks at three inter-connected interventions to help unmarried parents in Colorado establish parenting time orders. The three services are:
1. An online parenting time plan that parents can complete alone, in mediation, or during the Virtual Access and Visitation Clinic.
2. The Virtual Access and Visitation Clinic allows individuals to have a virtual meeting with an attorney to discuss any civil or domestic relations matter.
3. Virtual Mediation in which parents participate by video-conference and work with a neutral party to develop a parenting time plan.

Economic Security & Healthcare

Child Welfare

Foster care and at-risk youth
The Colorado Rural Collaborative for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Center for Policy Research is leading the evaluation of The Colorado Rural Collaborative for Runaway and Homeless Youth (Rural Collaborative).  The Rural Collaborative seeks to increase the capacity of rural communities to serve runaway and homeless youth (RHY).  Since its inception in 2008, the Rural Collaborative has continued to grow and currently covers a wide rural geographic area within the Balance of State Continuum of Care’s boundaries in Colorado, including:

  • Alamosa and the San Luis Valley
  • Fremont
  • Garfield
  • La Plata
  • Morgan and the Northeast Quadrant of the State
  • Pueblo
  • Weld

Funded under a Basic Center Grant program (BCP), the Rural Collaborative adheres to a comprehensive youth centered service model that is guided by the United States Inter-Agency Council on Homelessness (USICH). The Rural Collaborative’s overall BCP goal is to meet the emergency needs of youth in crisis caused by their runaway or homeless status and reunify them with their families when appropriate, or to transition them to an alternative, preferably permanent, housing situation.  The BCP serves RHY ages 12 years old and up to the first day of the month in which the youth turns 18.The BCP serves both males and females; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning; white, Hispanic/Latino(a), African American, American Indian, Asian, and other ethnicities; pregnant and parenting teens; youth with prior systems involvement; and those with disabilities.

Building a Sustainable and Replicable Approach to Estimate Youth Homelessness Using the Linked Information Network of Colorado

The two aims of this project are to (a) leverage administrative data linkages to build a sustainable and replicable approach to estimate homelessness of youth ages 14 to 24 in states where data are siloed at different geographic levels and (b) describe the K-12 educational, child welfare-related, public-assistance program participation, and police involvement characteristics and histories of youth associated with homelessness as older youth (i.e., ages 18 to 24).

Program Innovations
Pathways to Success: Youth Shared Practices Model

CPR is conducting a Formative Evaluation of Colorado’s Pathways to Success Phase II project.  Pathways to Success seeks to address the issue of homelessness and human trafficking among youth aging out of foster care system in three Colorado sites. This project is testing an enhanced model approach to providing services to youth ages 16-21 currently in foster care or who are homeless. The model program fits into Colorado’s State 9-25 statewide youth plan and hopes to become a model for other state child welfare agencies and runaway and homeless youth service providers. CPR’s Phase II evaluation plan calls for usability testing of the intervention components, and ongoing continuous quality improvement. A cost analysis will be conducted as well, which will be part of the final report.

Rigorous Evaluation of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy under Colorado's Family First Strategy

The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (Colorado Lab) at University of Denver has partnered with the Center for Policy Research to coordinate a rigorous evaluation of practices prioritized by the state for evidence-building under the Family First Prevention Services Act. The goal is to design and execute a rigorous study that helps build evidence for TF-CBT, moving the practice from a promising to a well-supported practice, as designated by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse.

Gender-Based Violence

Domestic Violence Program Innovations
Evaluation of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)

We are evaluating several programs and efforts at The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). One project involves a satisfaction survey and outcome evaluation of–a website of resources for legal issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault. We are also conducting an advocacy evaluation of their public policy efforts. Finally, we are working with NNEDV to identify the core components that explain–and can be used to evaluate–their training and technical assistance efforts as a whole.

Domestic Violence Prevention Campaign Evaluation

We are working with the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence to evaluate a statewide domestic violence prevention effort. This community-based project involves a process evaluation to understand the resources, capacity, support, and activities that facilitate a successful implementation of the prevention effort. We will also conduct an outcome evaluation of their efforts.

Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA)

The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (TN Coalition) was recently awarded a Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The TN Coalition aims to prevent IPV from occurring or continuing by partnering with multiple stakeholders from the public health, education, non-profit, government, and criminal justice sectors to implement three evidence-based or informed prevention programs in Tennessee.

The TN Coalition will work with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Center for Policy Research to develop a State Action Plan for IPV prevention.  In addition, the Coalition will implement, and CPR will evaluate, three programs:

  • IPV & the Workplace Training focuses on improving organizational policies and workplace climate.
  • Bringing in the Bystander focuses on bystander empowerment and will be implemented by the TN Coalition and Austin Peay State University.
  • Moving Ahead through Financial Management and Microfinance focuses on strengthening household financial security and will be implemented by the CEASE, Inc. (a shelter in East Tennessee.)

Early Childhood & Education