Dr. Jennifer McMahon-Howard’s article, "An Evaluation of a Child Welfare Training Program on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children," which was published in 2013 in Evaluation and Program Planning, is currently being featured on the website for the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth.
This article is the product of her collaborative work with state and local government and non-profit organizations in Georgia, including the Governor’s Office on Children and Families (GOCF), the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), the Juvenile Justice Fund (JJF), and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). For this project, she received an external research grant from the Emory Center for Injury Control (ECIC) to evaluate the CSEC training program for the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services. Using the data collected from this study, she worked with a graduate research assistant from the PhD in International Conflict Management Program, Birthe Reimers, to publish an article in Evaluation and Program Planning. Since Georgia was one of the first states to train their child welfare personnel on CSEC, Jennifer realized that the findings from this study could inform the development and/or implementation of similar trainings for other state Child Protective Service Agencies. Therefore, it was decided to submit an article that discusses the findings of her study to a journal that would reach both academics and practitioners. Since Evaluation and Program Planning is a highly ranked journal that reaches both scholars and practitioners, Jennifer believed that this was the best outlet for publication.
Since this article has been published, Dr. McMahon-Howard has been contacted by several practitioners and researchers who are interested in conducting a similar training and/or evaluation. Given the impact that this article has had so far, Jennifer won the 2014 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation Prize for Publication for this article.
Posted: February 5, 2015