About Us

Children, families and communities with complex needs require effective programs and sound policies that promote health and well-being. The mission of the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being is to improve the lives of children and families by designing and implementing effective programs, conducting cutting-edge research and evaluation, and promoting change through policy and advocacy. To fulfill this mission, the Institute promotes community collaboration to bridge unnecessary divides between practice, research and policy.

The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being is a collaboration between Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The shared values and strengths of this academic-community partnership are reflected in the Institute’s three core service areas:


Program Design and Implementation

Many children and families who are exposed to significant adversity lack access to support and services that meet their needs and promote their long-term resilience. The Institute develops, implements and disseminates validated prevention and intervention strategies that are accessible in real-world settings. The Institute also provides training, consultation and technical assistance to help human service agencies implement and replicate best practices.

Research and Evaluation

Original research findings usually take many years to reach the public as useful practice applications and policy solutions. The Institute accelerates the process of translating knowledge into direct practices, programs and policies that promote health and well-being, and provides analytic, data management, and grant-writing support.

Policy and Advocacy

Policy and advocacy are key mechanisms through which large-scale change in population health and well-being can be realized. The Institute analyzes how policies shape and inform practice and advocates for use of the best available evidence from research and practice to inform policy and bridge information gaps. Furthermore, the Institute helps transform policy through collective action and partnership among agencies and stakeholder groups.