At the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAST), we have an internal Department, the Child Welfare Institute (CWI) dedicated to performing research and evaluation on CAST programs and initiatives, collaborating with academic research partners and conducting external evaluations on community service providers.

The CWI strives to promote excellence in the field of child protection and to improve outcomes for children and youth through a focus on research and program evaluation, training and evidence-based practice.

CWI works with post-secondary institutions such as the University of Toronto, Trent University and York University, as well as other child welfare and Indigenous and Family Wellbeing agencies.

CWI provides four primary services to CAST staff and community organizations:

  • Research and program evaluation
  • Consultation
  • Staff training and development
  • Student placement

To learn more about CWI and our services, please email us here.

CWI provides numerous services related to program evaluation and research, which are utilized when evaluating CAST programs and working with community organizations.

Research and evaluation services include:

  • Literature reviews
  • Needs assessments
  • Grant and proposal writing
  • Tool development and testing
  • Research and evaluation ethic reviews
  • Program evaluation and logic models
  • Data analyses (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Teaching research methods and evaluation approaches
  • Assistance in the development of an Agency’s research program
  • Research and evaluation consultation

If you are interested in learning more about CWI’s research and evaluation services, please email us here.

Community Engagements