Compelling evidence shows that children who experience early traumas, or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), are at higher risk of future social, health and economic problems. In the face of this evidence, a growing number of communities are joining efforts to find ways to better support children and families in order to reduce these traumas and their consequences. While some promising initiatives have emerged, there is a need for greater understanding about which approaches work best and why. To help address this gap, the ACEs Public Private Initiative (APPI) is conducting a 2.5-year evaluation from September 2013-December 2015 with five communities in Washington State that have ongoing, multi-faceted initiatives targeting ACEs.

Mathematica Policy Research, an independent evaluator, is working with the selected sites to answer the following question: Can a strategy focused on building community capacity to reduce and prevent ACEs and their effects successfully produce a range of positive outcomes across the community, including less child abuse and better child development outcomes?

To help build understanding about what combinations of community-based strategies work best for reducing and preventing childhood trauma and its effects, APPI is partnering with five communities across the state to evaluate different approaches, and to document the savings that result from successful practices and policies.

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