Research is the only way to improve wraparound as a generalizable, evidence based practice. One major part of our business is researching wraparound best practices and outcomes in order to understand what really works. We just had an article published in the April 2014 issue of Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services (Volume 95, Number 2, Pages 83-91). Here is the link if you are interested. The Alliance for Children and Families also has a PDF posted here. The article examines whether and how being placed with siblings impacts foster care success.
We have several more articles in various stages of the research or review process. We have three main research focuses right now: wraparound efficacy (including for special populations), impacts of wraparound fidelity on outcomes, and the impacts of implementation components on outcomes. Follow our blog to be the first to know when they come out.
Our own research isn’t the only thing going here. Best practices in wraparound and wraparound training include staying current on the most recent wraparound research. This section of our website will also feature an annotated bibliography covering some of the major and minor developments we have been following over the past few years. We will put out announcements through social media when it’s ready later this year. Follow us, friend us, or connect with us to be the first to know.