In 2011, the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP), commissioned an assessment to gauge the state of the child abuse prevention and early intervention field in California. The assessment, coordinated by Strategies, sought to determine the extent to which three evidence-informed frameworks are integrated in the understanding, planning, and practices of county child welfare agencies and their community partners. The assessment will assist OCAP in implementing Strengthening Families and in supporting counties with the integration of prevention plans into the Outcomes and Accountability System (O&A). The assessment represents a snapshot of the views of leaders working in the prevention field at a particular moment in time. This article summarizes the assessment rationale, describes the data collection process, and highlights a few key findings and recommendations. (Author abstract)
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