The Duke Endowment Child Abuse Prevention Initiative
The Duke Endowment launched its Child Abuse Prevention Initiative in 2002 by funding two program sites, the Durham Family Initiative in Durham, North Carolina, and Strong Communities in Greenville, South Carolina. Both sites aimed to reduce rates of child abuse, improve parenting practices and behaviors, strengthen community service systems, and improve a community’s capacity to protect children and support parents. Chapin Hall was hired to be the cross-site evaluator tasked with documenting the extent to which each site is making progress toward these core objectives and providing a comparative analysis of the relative differences in each project’s trajectory and potential for replication. Three reports have been written to highlight Chapin Hall’s evaluation findings through the mid-point of the planned implementation timeline. The first report, The Duke Endowment Child Abuse Prevention Initiative: Mid-Point Assessment, summarizes the changes in self-reported parenting practices, parental functioning, community perceptions, and community engagement in the target service areas of both program sites as measured by repeated household surveys within the intervention and control communities. This report also presents data from child welfare administrative databases and hospital admissions data, as well as recommendations for future efforts within the initiative. The two companion reports focus on an in-depth examination of implementation at each site and include lessons learned for program planners and funders.