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Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project: Making An Impact

December 21, 2009
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Los Angeles County is making major strides in fighting child abuse and neglect and now has the opportunity to build on this progress to create one of the most innovative child abuse programs in the country. These conclusions were included in a recently published report summarizing the first-year progress of the Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project (PIDP), an effort to demonstrate effective approaches to reducing child abuse and neglect in L.A. County.

Click here to see the full report.

Approved last February by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, PIDP is a partnership between the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and community organizations, including First 5 LA. The project works towards strengthening families and providing opportunities to increase the safety and well-being of children through a variety of integrated strategies.

Under the project each of the PIDP networks, which represent eight areas within L.A. County, is implementing strategies which include: building social networks using strengths-based and relationship-focused community organizing approaches; increasing economic opportunities and development, and increasing access to and use of services and resources.

The Year 1 Evaluation Summary Report was prepared to understand the benefits of network collaboration and identify areas for improvement. Casey Family Programs, a foundation focused on foster care, and USC co-led the project's evaluation with researchers from First 5 LA, UCLA and Claremont Graduate University.

"Child safety is a key goal at First 5 LA and we're always looking for opportunities to contribute to the prevention of child abuse," said Bill Gould, research analyst at First 5 LA. "We are excited to be part of this evaluation partnership as we feel quality prevention efforts can have long-term impacts for families," he added, noting First 5 LA funded the research work of Tina Christie, associate professor at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Christie served as First 5 LA's lead researcher in the project's evaluation and was a member of the report's team of authors.       

The report looked at effects of the PIDP and found:

  • PIDP networks are building on existing programs and adding opportunities for family economic success.
  • Participating agencies are blending funding from several sources.
  • Parents and youth are reporting greater involvement in the community and feeling less isolated.

A PIDP evaluation advisory group will make a presentation on the report's findings at the First 5 LA office, 750 N. Alameda, Los Angeles 90012, on Jan. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For details, contact Bill Gould at, or (213) 482-7550.

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