CAFO Research Affiliates

Facilitating application and understanding of the best available research to frontline practice in care for vulnerable children.

A unique opportunity to directly impact practice through research.

Far too often, an immense gulf exists between current research and frontline services to children and families. While those who care for vulnerable children want to apply the best knowledge in their work, many factors – including the overwhelming needs program managers face daily and the difficulty in applying narrow academic findings – make that difficult. However, academic researchers have a tremendous opportunity to creatively bridge the gap between research and frontline services, helping critical knowledge reach the people and places where it can make the biggest difference.


CAFO is a network of more than 200 agencies serving millions of vulnerable children and families in 130+ countries around the world.

CAFO’s Center on Applied Research for Vulnerable Children and Families exists to bridge the gap between research and practice in the field. Housed under the Research Center, the Research Affiliates Program engages academic researchers who want to see their work make a bigger impact for vulnerable children and families.

Research Affiliates will have opportunities to:

  • Translate their academic findings into simple guidance for dissemination among practitioners

  • Present and teach at the annual CAFO Summit and Research Symposium

  • Access connection, guidance and opportunities to present at practitioner conferences on issues of high significance in the field

  • Connect with practitioners who can provide additional data sources for future study of effective tools and interventions to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families

This program is for you if...

You are an academic researcher

You care about children and families

You want to see your research make a real-world impact