research & evaluation

Our research team helps us make sure that time and resources are directed where they will have the largest positive impact. We rely on our research staff to help us answer the question, “What works well, and for whom?”

Our research team combines analysis of socio-economic data with insights from youth and families to evaluate the performance of our programs. Research staff also work collaboratively with participating families to determine the impact of WestCoast services on the lives of children, families and their communities.

Most critically, research and evaluation findings are used by our clinical services and management teams to better understand what is working and what isn’t. Together, we translate research and analysis into concrete programs that help children and families.

We also use our research to help raise awareness in the community and educate policymakers about the youth we serve and issues we address. For example, in 2012 we released a research brief, Research to Action: Sexually Exploited Minors Needs and Strengths, that weaves together our clinical work, research and policy approach.