Welcome to the Center

Strengthening Montana's families and the systems that serve them 

The Center for Children, Families & Workforce Development ("Center") is located at the University of Montana, within the School of Social Work. The Center serves as a training and research hub — conducting and translating research into training resources, encouraging evidence-based policy-making, and working to strengthen Montana families and the systems that serve them. 

The Center strives to make our website a dynamic resource for professionals, educators, and families statewide. If you have ideas, comments or suggestions as to how we could improve this site, please contact us.

Advancing evidence-based practices
and innovative programs!
Improving inter-professional
collaboration & public policy

Educating and training professionals and caregivers

"Reporting Child Abuse in Montana" a short
video from DPHHS on mandatory reporting.

Featured Podcast


There is concern in this country that some federal level policy decisions are not made using the evidence-based research collected at state and local levels. The impact can have a wide range of effects on public sectors, including housing, health, and education.

The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative held a conference to help reinforce the importance of data-centric decision-making. In this podcast, Dennis Culhane, a Professor at Penn's School of Social Policy and Practice, Co-Principal Investigator for the Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, and Director of Research for the National Center for Homelessness among Veterans, joins Dan Loney on Knowledge@Wharton radio to discuss.


The purpose of this webpage is to provide only information and resources, not advice, to assist users in understanding how to treat, educate, and care for children youth, and families.