Child Maltreatment Prevention Program Evaluation

The first focus area of CMPL is in conducting high-quality evaluations of child maltreatment prevention strategies. Understanding the strategies that are effective in supporting parents and reducing maltreatment is central to improving child well-being.


Lab members engaged

Increasing Access to EITC

The lab recently concluded a 3-year demonstration project called Increasing Access to Earned Income Tax Credits to Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (funding from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of Minority Health Grant # 5 CPIMP201218-02-00). This project involved a two-level strategy across 43 counties in the State of Michigan. Level 1 was a public health strategy, including culturally appropriate flyers and informational materials regarding EITC. Level 2 additionally included one-on-one concentrated benefits advocacy, layered into existing Parents As Teachers home visiting programs and involves motivational interviewing techniques, EITC information, and financial empowerment activities.
The final evaluation report is available here.

Triple P

The lab conducts in-depth evaluation of Triple P (funding from Ohio Department of Children Youth and Families and Triple P America) across the State of Ohio in partnership with Dr. Kenneth Steinman at Ohio State University. This includes a statewide roll-out of Triple P Online and a multi-level implementation of multiple modalities of the Triple P standard program in 13 Counties in Central Ohio. Evaluation efforts include pre- and post-test surveys, in-depth qualitative interviews, and analysis of state-level administrative data from the Ohio Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (Ohio SACWIS).

Recent publications

  1. Maguire-Jack, K., Park, Y., Chang, O.D., Solomon, A., Quinn, J., Greenberg, S. Coggins, H., & Hinton, J. (2024). Findings from the Michigan EITC Access Project: ACEs Prevention through Economic Intervention. Accepted for publication in Child and Adolescent Social Work.

  2. Maguire-Jack, K., Solomon, A., Greenberg, S., Chang, O.D., Coggins, H., Schuster-Wachsberger, E., & Hinton, J. (2022). A novel strategy for increasing utilization of earned income tax credits and reducing adverse childhood experiences: The EITC Access Project. International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice, 5, 473-486. 10.1007/s42448-022-00119-8

  3. Solomon, A., Maguire-Jack, K., Greenberg, S., Chang, O.D., Coggins, H., & Hinton, J. (2022). Increasing Access to Earned Income Tax Credits to Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences. APSAC Alert, 13(3), 1-5.

  4. Maguire-Jack, K., Steinman, K.J., Lesnick, J., Solomon, A.*, West, K., Roush, K., Zimpfer, K. Cunningham, N. (2022). Implementing Triple P during the COVID-19 pandemic with families at risk for substance use. Child Abuse & Neglect, 129, 105636.