Policy and Research

The Prevention Board is directed by Wis. Stats. §48.982 (2) to recommend to the Governor, the Legislature and state agencies changes needed to state programs, statutes, policies, budgets and administrative rules to reduce child abuse and neglect and improve coordination among state agencies providing prevention services. To fulfill its statutory requirements, the agency dedicates resources to supporting evidence-informed child abuse primary prevention and family strengthening programs, policies, research and initiatives. Strategic policy priority setting and resource allocations are made to advance promising approaches from research to practice.

Policy Priorities

  • Family Strengthening Continuum: The Prevention Board provides support for components of the comprehensive Family Strengthening Continuum which is comprised of evidence-informed primary prevention services designed for integration and implementation with secondary and tertiary services in local communities to prevent child maltreatment. 
  • Child Neglect: This effort, initiated by the Prevention Board, is aimed at advancing research and practice on innovative prevention and early intervention strategies to prevent and reduce child neglect.
  • Professional Development:  The agency and its partners published the revised, Wisconsin Core Competencies for Family Support Professionals, uniform standards which guide practice for family support professionals in their work. An agency collaboration funded through the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program supported development of the Protective Factors Framework hands-on learning modules which inform and enhance the practice ​of family support professionals, Parent Co-Presenters and educators. The Prevention Board also joined forces with the Department of Children and Families to support and revise the Abusive Head Trauma Prevention education curriculum used by childcare professionals across the state.
  • Father Engagement: A collaboration is underway with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work to deliver learning modules that promote strategies focused on engaging fathers in family strengthening efforts.
  • Wisconsin Legislative Children’s Caucus: Administrative support is provided for the caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral caucus co-chaired by Representative Joan Ballweg, Representative Jill Billings, Senator Alberta Darling and Senator LaTonya Johnson. The caucus aims to cultivate a legislature dedicated to advancing promising, evidence-informed public policy to improve the life of every Wisconsin child, from prenatal stages through age 18. 

Research Focus