David Crampton, PhD
In the News
Dec 4 2014
Today Drs. David Crampton and Francisca Richter from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School joined partner organizations in Chicago to launch the nation’s first county-level Pay for Success (PFS) program. The launch was featured at a conference hosted by the White House’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Cuyahoga County’s Partnering for Family Success Program – the first PFS project in the combined areas of homelessness and child welfare – aims to reconnect foster children in the county with caregivers in stable, affordable housing. This innovative program will deliver intensive 12-15 month treatment to 135 families over five years to reduce the length of stay in out-of-home foster care placement for children whose families are homeless. The Poverty Center is the independent evaluator to measure the success and outcomes of PFS and carried out the preliminary analyses to identify the initiative’s target population.
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Jun 23 2014
Mandel School faculty Claudia Coulton and David Crampton, along with Case Western Reserve faculty colleagues Jill Korbin and Jim Spilsbury, received a $2.3 million grant last month from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate how neighborhoods influence child maltreatment rates.
Led by principal investigator Jim Spilsbury, the team of researchers will study child maltreatment in 20 Cleveland neighborhoods, examining the role that neighborhood conditions, social service availability and use, and the maltreatment reporting process play in influencing child abuse and neglect rates. The investigators are partnering with Cuyahoga County’s Division of Children and Family Services to interview caseworkers assigned to the studied neighborhood. Residents will be interviewed, and census data, property records, social service reports and day care records will be analyzed. The study is a collaboration among the Mandel School, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve.
The research builds upon a National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect-funded study conducted in the mid-1990s by Coulton and Korbin, which found that Cleveland neighborhood rates of child maltreatment varied widely and that neighborhood conditions such as high childcare burden, concentrated poverty and residential instability had an impact on the presence or lack of child maltreatment.
To see the full grant announcement in The CWRU Daily, click here.
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