Evaluation activities by the OSU College of Social Work will occur throughout the entire grant period.

  • Researcher imageYear 1: Data collection protocols and survey instruments will be finalized with process data collected and analyzed for primary information on how the project is being implemented.
  • Year 1.5: First process evaluation will occur
  • Year 2: Dissemination of lessons learned from implementation
  • Years 2-4: The effectiveness of the interventions and the well-being of families involved will be analyzed
  • Year 5: Final outcome evaluation will occur during Year 5

The evaluation of EPIC is guided by 3 main goals.

GOAL 1: Increase timely access to services among substance-using parents involved in the child welfare system

GOAL 2: Enhance child safety and permanency in Fairfield and Pickaway Counties

GOAL 3: Increase child, parent, and caregiver well-being

 Dissemination Plan

 Develop and Maintain a Dissemination Website

  •  New materials (seminars, trainings, webinars, and podcasts) will be posted monthly on this and social media websites to keep the public aware of the progress of the partnership.

 Promote the project at organizational meetings, symposia, and conferences

  •  Informational materials about the project will be given to audiences which may include agencies that protect children of abuse and neglect, and other practitioners and researchers

 Create white papers and policy briefs at least twice a year

  •  These materials will reflect important findings and topics developed through the partnership. And, peer-reviewed journal articles will be released of effective interventions for substance-abusing families in the child welfare system.

Maintain close cooperation with key stakeholders in order to provide technical assistance

  •  Training and technical assistance regarding effective interventions to combat opioid-abuse will be given to local communities, social service agencies, and hospital to sustain long-term prevention, intervention, and treatment programs.