The Duke Endowment recognizes that evidence-based solutions are not available for every issue confronting children and families. Gaps persist in our knowledge, in our research and in the service models we support.
Well-structured models may have limited, if any, data on effectiveness with racial and ethnic minorities. Given the disproportionate number of African American children in the child welfare system, interventions must pass scrutiny under a racial equity lens if we truly seek to improve outcomes.
We also must consider the applicability of interventions in rural contexts and with special populations, such as young children or teens in foster care.
Through the work of our Child and Family Well-Being program area, we hope to encourage the development of well-studied models to address gaps in early intervention, foster care, therapeutic foster care, kinship care and adoption (to name a few specific funding priorities). To that end, we support a range of program evaluations, from pilot tests to randomized controlled trial studies.