The Research Behind ECAP

School of Social Welfare researchers from the University of Kansas conducted an intense study to evaluate ECAP. Through a pre/ post study, they compared the results of placements that were made with and without ECAP. They found that:

  • Children placed with ECAP had fewer disruptions, experiencing 22.5% better placement stability.

  • These children also spent 12% less time in foster care. They reunited with their families or were adopted by “forever families” more quickly.

  • Agencies using ECAP can expect signicant cost savings due to these improved placement outcomes.


(Download the Official Research Summary from our research team here)

The researchers also studied over 22,000 past placement records to identify how certain characteristics affect placement stability. ECAP’s algorithms were adjusted to reflect this new information and to make it even more effective.

FCT engages in ongoing research projects projects that continuously help us better understand the relationship between placement matching and better outcomes for children and families. We consult with domain experts from our Research Advisory Board, to constantly improve the way we use predictive analytics to help reduce trauma for children and families across the nation through the use of ECAP.