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Morgridge Family Foundation Leads Formation of New Colorado Research and Implementation Science Team
The multidisciplinary coalition will work together to help small agencies make data-informed decisions to support strong, healthier and safer families
DENVER - Nov. 4, 2022 - PRLog -- The Morgridge Family Foundation (MFF) today announced a new partnership to create a first-of-its-
CRIST will be located within the Colorado Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), which is part of the Colorado Department of Human Services.
The multidisciplinary coalition, led by the Morgridge Family Foundation, includes Casey Family Programs, Think of Us, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab, Mile High United Way and Colorado Department of Human Services (https://cdhs.colorado.gov/)
"The Colorado Research and Implementation Science Team's innovative approach will give child welfare organizations across the state equal access to data capacity and research so that Colorado children and families can receive the support and resources they need more efficiently. I am committed to providing high-quality resources and saving people money so that every Coloradan can thrive," said Gov. Polis.
The Opportunities CRIST Aims to Create
As of March 2022, the state of Colorado is responsible for 4,635 children (http://www.cdhsdatamatters.org/
The ultimate goal of the Colorado Research and Implementation Science Team is four-fold:
The Colorado Research and Implementation Science Team will consist of four full-time research, evaluation and implementation professionals. The hiring process has begun and OCYF expects the new hires to start this fall. Thanks to funding and support from MFF and others, the research team will be integral in establishing:
"The mental, emotional and economic challenges faced by current and former foster youth are immense," said Carrie Morgridge, vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation. "The presence of loving, supportive adults is so critical in the lives of children. We started this initiative so that fewer children experience foster care and those who do enter the system can thrive."
For more information on the CRIST, please visit https://morgridgefamilyfoundation.org/
The Morgridge Family Foundation invests in leaders and organizations that are reimagining solutions to some of today's biggest challenges. MFF offers vision, community, and resources to support a network of partners achieving their profound impact. Learn more at thinkmff.org.
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