University-community partnerships are increasingly recognized as valuable in educating students for professional practice and bridging the gap between research and practice. This manuscript describes the evolution and design of a university-community partnership between a School of Social Work in one urban university and local child welfare agencies: the Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training (CW-PART). This local partnership illustrates types of opportunities and outcomes that emerge when state and local entities leverage greater results from federal funding through partnerships with local universities. The manuscript describes 1), the community-engaged framework used to inform the overall approach and partner roles; 2) evolution of the model from early partnered research successes; 3) core elements of the CWPART university-community partnered research model, and 4) preliminary lessons learned from the pilot phase of model.
Laurie Drabble, Kathy Lemon, Amy D'Andrade, Brett Donoviel, and Julia Le. "Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training: A Title IV-E University/Community Collaborative Research Model" Journal of Public Child Welfare (2013): 411-429. doi:10.1080/15548732.2013.802267