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The Research behind ECAP

School of Social Welfare researchers from the University of Kansas conducted a research study to evaluate ECAP's effectiveness for improving outcomes for children and families. Their pre/post study compared the results of placements that were made with ECAP to those made without. Below is a summary of the results of this study.

Children whose placements were guided by ECAP...

  • had fewer disruptions and experienced 22.5% better placement stability.

  • reached permanency more quickly, which meant reuniting with their families or being adopted by new “forever families” 12% sooner.

(Download the Official Research Summary from our research partners 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.