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QIC Empirical Research & Policy Recommendations

The QIC-ChildRep conducted four research studies:

  1. The principal study was an evaluation of the effect of the Six Core Skills Training on case process and outcome in Georgia and Washington State. The Research Design and Methods are here. Research Findings are here

  2. We conducted the first random assignment experimental design of lawyer-social worker multidisciplinary teams representing children and found substantial benefits to the multidisciplinary model – benefits for the child, the family and the government. The Flint, Michigan MDT Study is here

  3. Our profile of lawyers representing the children has implications for developing and sustaining a state’s system for training and delivering legal services for children. 

  4. A first-ever description of lawyer activities -- what the child’s lawyer actually does -- and how those activities vary by case type and characteristics of the attorney, give us insight as to how attorneys choose to use their time with implications for lawyers and those who organize and manage them. 

  5. The QIC-ChildRep policy recommendations based on what we learned in this six year efforts are found here.

For assistance in implementing the QIC-ChildRep Policy Recommendations in your state, and/or for an assessment of your state’s children’s representation system, contact the National Association of Counsel for Children at Policy@NACCchildlaw.org.

CHILDREN'S JUSTICE is the final report of the QIC-ChildRep and is now available from ABA Publications.
Click here.