Thousands of Oregon children enter the child welfare system annually — a tragedy for them, their families, and society.

There is a better way

Pay for Prevention is laying the groundwork for a new approach to helping at-risk children:

  • Learning from the best published research articles.
  • Drawing lessons from integrated state data.
  • Revealing connections through statistical modeling.
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Why do we devote more resources to addressing harm than preventing it?

How do the social determinants of health affect Oregon families, providers, and governments?

A New Paradigm

  • Use research and data to identify the young children in Oregon who are most at-risk.
  • Use statistical models to understand how resources can be applied most effectively at the neighborhood and family level.
  • Deliver community-adapted, multi-generational support.
  • Rigorously evaluate outcomes.
  • Build on what works. Discontinue what doesn't.
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The on-going pain and trauma for tens of thousands of children in Oregon who are wounded by abuse and neglect is preventable. As a state, we have the tools to prevent child abuse and save children’s lives while building stronger families in Oregon. - Children's Trust Fund of Oregon

How It Works

We have the ability to understand Oregon families better and to make better use of government resources.

Step 1: Combine data from multiple agencies to provide a continuous picture of families' struggles and strengths.

Step 2: Rigorously evaluate the evidence and apply the highest-quality research.

Step 3: Use smart statistical models to direct the right resources to the places and families in greatest need.

Step 4: Continuously improve.

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By comparing data across various agencies, researchers can ask probing questions about issues that have stymied public agencies’ past efforts to improve policies.

Integrated data reveal patterns of risk and resilience, which, in turn, more readily links cause and effect, thereby allowing officials to test more targeted interventions and higher-impact policies.

- Dennis Culhane, University of Pennsylvania