In this paper, concepts from the emerging family-centered paradigm in child welfare and mental health are applied to evaluative research in family preservation: the ecological perspective, enhancement of competence, a consumer orientation, and collaborative relationships. The experience of family preservation research collaborators from the School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services illustrate these concepts. The researchers apply the theory of isomorphism to the research endeavor to produce eight principles of effective research partnerships derived from family-centered concepts and their own experiences.
Bitonti, Christine and Salmon, Joy
"Evaluating Family Preservation in Nevada: A University-State Agency Collaboration,"
Journal of Family Strengths:
2, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol1/iss2/7