Current Research and Funded Projects

The NICRP conducts academic and community-based research in multiple areas affecting children and their families. In addition to having an interdisciplinary research staff, NICRP also collaborates with University faculty from a variety of disciplines as well as community partners to ensure that our research reflects the most current methods and will have the most beneficial impact on our community.

Here are some of our current research projects, Please click on the links below to view description of project:


Advocating for Quality Early Childhood Education in Nevada

SNHD Healthy Start Evaluation

SNHD Partnerships to Improve Community Health Evaluation

Clark County Homeless Youth Model Intervention Planning Project Evaluation

Annual Nevada Kindergarten Health Survey

NV Silver Stars Quality Rating Improvement System Pilot Project Evaluation

Clark County Child Death Review - Team Coordination and Data Management

Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams

Hospital Based Safe Sleep Program

Evaluation of Clark County Neo-Natal Follow-up Program

Department of Family Services IV-E Waiver Program


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Advocating for Quality Early Childhood Education in Nevada

The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP) has received a four year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to implement educational outreach activities to enhance and expand current efforts to improve access to high quality early childhood education in Nevada. Examples of outreach activities include community advocacy trainings, organizing Step Up for Kids events statewide, organizing and hosting Children's Week at the Nevada State Legislature, and expanding the Nevada's Strong Start for Children campaign in partnership with the Children's Advocacy Alliance.
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SNHD Healthy Start Evaluation

NICRP has been selected to evaluate the Southern Nevada Health District's (SNHD) Healthy Start Program. Through this program, SNHD will implement a program of services designed to provide comprehensive maternal-child services and improve the coordination of health services and access to prenatal care for families in Southern Nevada.
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SNHD Partnerships to Improve Community Health Evaluation

NICRP has been selected to evaluate the Southern Nevada Health District's (SNHD) Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) grant. Through this grant, SNHD will implement a program of services designed to address tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and lack of access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction and management opportunities in Clark County.
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Clark County Homeless Youth Model Intervention Planning Project Evaluation

The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy is currently acting as the external evaluator for the Clark County Department of Family Services' (CCDFS) Youth at Risk of Homelessness Phase I Planning Grant which is funded by the Administration of Children and Families (ACF). Through this grant, CCDFS is working with key community stakeholders to identify new and/or redesign existing intervention strategies to reduce the risk of homelessness among youth and young adults with child welfare experience.
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Annual Nevada Kindergarten Health Survey

In the fall of the 2008-2009 school year the Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy partnered with the Clark County School District, the Southern Nevada Health District, and the State Health Division to create a survey regarding the health of incoming kindergarten students in an effort to collect baseline information on children's health. This year, NICRP is again working with local school districts to administer the Kindergarten Health Survey for the 2012-2013 school year. The 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 reports are available on this website and NICRP anticipates that the 2012/2013 Kindergarten Health Survey Report will be complete by May 2013.
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NV Silver Stars Quality Rating Improvement System Pilot Project Evaluation

The Nevada Office of Early Care and Education is conducting a pilot project to test a quality rating improvement system (QRIS) for early childhood education centers in Southern Nevada. NICRP has been contracted to conduct the evaluation for this pilot project. The QRIS pilot project has selected several pilot centers to participate in this program.
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Clark County Child Death Review - Team Coordination and Data Management

NICRP works as support staff to the Clark County Child Fatality Review Team. Through a contract with the state Department of Child and Family Services NICRP completes all data collection and management for the team. This includes attending meetings and completing the national data tool and entering the information into the national online database.

NICRP is also working with Clark County in developing its own annual report of child fatalities. Every two years the Department of Child and Family Services creates a statewide report using the data collected by each team. NICRP collects all the information for Clark County and creates a statistical report on the county's child fatalities as well as prevention activities of the local team.
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Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team

NICRP is working with the Attorney General's Office to help establish a statewide domestic violence fatality review team, as well as a review team in Clark County. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams review selected adjudicated cases of fatalities due to domestic violence. The mission of these teams is to improve the coordination and delivery of service outcomes and prevent incidents and deaths related to domestic violence. NICRP is helping to establish team protocols, data collection tools and facilitates the review meeting process.
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Hospital Based Safe Sleep Program

NICRP is working with the Southern Nevada Health District to create a hospital based safe sleep program which allows new parents to gain information on best practices for safe sleep before they leave the hospital. This program also includes training for hospital nursing staff, as well as the review and implementation of hospital policies related to sleep positioning for infants. NICRP is assisting to create program materials, as well as conduct an evaluation of those materials.
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Evaluation of Clark County Neo-Natal Follow-up Program


NICRP has been selected to evaluate the Clark County Neonatal Follow-up Program, a new developmental pediatric program, created by Positively Kids, to address the lack of comprehensive follow-up care for newborns or infants, born prematurely, with low birth weight, and/or with a medical condition requiring special care.
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Department of Family Services IV-E Waiver Program

In July 2015, the Clark County Department of Family Services (CCDFS) received a Title IV-E Waiver which allows them flexibility in how Federal foster care funding is spent. CCDFS is using the waiver to provide in-home safety services to children, when appropriate, as opposed to removing them from their home and placing them in foster care. NICRP was selected to evaluate the effectiveness of this new model of care.
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Evaluation of the Choose Your Partner Carefully Campaign

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Evaluation

Nevada Children's Data Center

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southern Nevada

Communities in Schools of Nevada

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) Evaluation and Legislative Strategies

Public Lands Institute Families in Nature Program Evaluation

Southern NV Community Health Needs Assessment

On-line Training about Safe Injection Practices for Healthcare Providers: Creation and Evaluation

Evaluation for the "One and Only Campaign" for Safe Injection Practices

Evaluation of the Nevada State Safe Injections Awareness Campaign

Community Catalyst Project Evaluation (subcontract with NV Covering Kids and Families)

SNIC WIC Immunization Linkage Project Evaluation

Nevada State Early Childhood Data Tracking Planning Report

Immunization Provider Mapping Project

Garrett Lee Smith Grant

Smaller Learning Communities Grant

Clark County Juvenile Justice Services: Girls Initiative and Detention Self Inspection Task Forces

Study of the Health, Safety, Welfare and Civil and Other Rights of Children in Government and Private Facilities in Nevada

Complaint Collection Project for Youth Residential Facilities in Nevada

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Evaluation of the Choose Your Partner Carefully Campaign

Prevent Child Abuse Nevada (PCA-NV) at the Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP) and community partners adapted a campaign from Ohio entitled "Choose Your Partner Carefully (CYPC)." This campaign was created because too often children are injured, sometimes fatally, when left with individuals who lack the parenting skills and patience necessary to provide care. Currently, through a grant with the Department of Health and Human Services, PCA-NV is conducting an evaluation to measure and improve the effectiveness of the campaign's educational materials and one hour parent training class.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Evaluation

The Southern Nevada Health District is conducting a pilot project to test the effectiveness of two teen pregnancy prevention programs on high-risk youth. The Health District is administering the programs in several juvenile justice locations as well as within the foster care system. NICRP has been contracted to conduct the outcome evaluation for this pilot project.
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Nevada Children's Data Center

NICRP is working to develop the Nevada Children's DataCenter, which is funded by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. The DataCenter serves to enable Nevada to provide better lives for its children. The publicly-available, online DataCenter centralizes research, data, and analysis for people and organizations who impact the lives of Nevada children, including providers, policy makers, researchers, media, and other stakeholders.
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Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southern Nevada

NICRP is working with the Big Brother Big Sisters of Southern Nevada to provide data analysis and evaluation services to demonstrate the effectiveness of the program. Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children ages 6 through 18 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. The current program undergoing an evaluation, is a school based mentor program where big brothers and sisters meet with their little brothers and sisters at a school on a weekly basis for mentor. Each time Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, a one-to-one relationship is built on trust and friendship that can help a child reach their full potential.
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Communities in Schools of Nevada


NICRP is working with the Communities in Schools (CIS) of Nevada program to provide data analysis and evaluation services to demonstrate the effectiveness and cost benefits of the program to both students and the community. Communities in Schools is the nation's leading community-based organization helping kids stay in school and prepare for life. For 30 years, CIS has championed the connection of needed community resources with schools. By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children's unmet needs, CIS provides the link between educators and the community. The result: Teachers are free to teach, and students - many in jeopardy of dropping out - finally have the opportunity to focus on learning.

For more information on the Communities in Schools program, please visit their website at www.communitiesinschools.org.
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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) Evaluation and Legislative Strategies

The overall five year goal of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is to establish a comprehensive, statewide screening, surveillance, and primary prevention outreach and education program to eliminate childhood lead poisoning as a pediatric public health problem in Nevada . NICRP serves as the Evaluation Coordinator that will work with an Evaluation Team comprised of key staff, Advisory Coalition members, and other community stakeholders with experience in program evaluation to develop, track, and report project goals, objectives, activities and outcomes. NICRP is also serving in the Program Advocate position by leading efforts to ensure program sustainability and developing research based policy initiatives.
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Public Lands Institute Families in Nature Program Evaluation

The Public Lands Institute "Families in Nature" program was developed in order to provide families in Las Vegas with environmental education, to promote environmental stewardship, and to foster personally meaningful connections to nature. The program consists of educational and recreational activities during field trips to public lands around the Las Vegas area. NICRP was contracted to conduct an external evaluation of the program. The purpose of the evaluation is to summarize the outcomes for the participants of the program
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Southern NV Community Health Needs Assessment

NICRP, in partnership with Quality Health Care Center and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, is conducting a community health needs assessment of Clark County. The purpose of the assessment is to collect and analyze data about county residents in the following domains: demographic information; physical and mental health; chronic disease and illness prevalence; levels of physical activity; tobacco, alcohol, and drug use; injury and violence occurrences; mortality rates; and health insurance status and barriers to accessing health care. The project will also gather data on the availability and accessibility of certain health care providers, including a GIS mapping of provider locations. Data will be collected at the zip code-level, whenever possible, and collection efforts will include several methodologies, such as a phone, written, and electronic surveys and focus groups.
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On-line Training about Safe Injection Practices for Healthcare Providers: Creation and Evaluation


NICRP, in partnership with the Southern Nevada Health District and the Area Health Education Center of Southern Nevada, is evaluating and enhancing an on-line training module to educate medical providers about the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for safe injection practices.

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Evaluation for the "One and Only Campaign" for Safe Injection Practices


Nevada has been selected as one of only two states to pilot test and evaluate the One & Only Campaign materials. These materials were designed to help provide education and promote awareness about safe injection practices. NICRP is conducting this evaluation in conjunction with the Nevada State Health Division and we are pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to this groundbreaking initiative.

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Evaluation of the Nevada State Safe Injections Awareness Campaign

The Nevada State Health Division is working in collaboration with stakeholders to disseminate, provide outreach and bring awareness of safe injection practices to healthcare providers, patients, and the public in Nevada. NSHD is hopeful that this effort will improve the quality of care Nevadans receive throughout the state, ensure their safety, and help make healthcare associated infections related to unsafe injection practices a "never event" in the future. NICRP is assisting by evaluating the outreach efforts to ensure successful dissemination of Campaign information.
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Community Catalyst Project Evaluation (subcontract with NV Covering Kids and Families)

The Community Catalyst Project: Protecting Funding for Nevada Medicaid and Check Up Programs was initiated to increase and improve advocacy efforts for funding of Nevada's Medicaid and Check Up health care programs. This two-year project has several objectives: develop a coalition of key stakeholders, constituents, and relevant organizations to advocate for stabilization of funding for Medicaid and SCHIP during the 2009 Legislative Session in Nevada and beyond; provide advocacy training and health care budget and reform updates to these coalition members; and educate policymakers regarding the importance of adequately supporting Medicaid and SCHIP with state funds.
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SNIC WIC Immunization Linkage Project Evaluation

The Nevada institute for Children's Research and policy is working with the Southern Nevada Immunization Coalition (SNIC) on a process evaluation of their WIC Linkages project. The WIC Linkages Project is a collaboration between nine local WIC office locations and SNIC to provide parents education about immunizations and no-cost immunization clinics for WIC recipient children. The SNIC WIC Linkages project is one of a number of projects implemented by SNIC in an effort to raise Nevada's immunization rate of 19 to 35 months old children to 75%. NICRP is currently collecting data for a process evaluation of the project. The process evaluation will examine the implementation of the project, identify specific successes and barriers in the process, and examine the perceived effectiveness of the project from the participants' and staff's perspective. The project is expected to be completed in December 2009.
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Nevada State Early Childhood Data Tracking Planning Report

The purpose of the project is to provide a recommendation to the State of Nevada and the Early Childhood System/Head Start Collaboration Office about the feasibility of developing a comprehensive early childhood data system for the purposes of research and informing policy. NICRP is currently working on examining early childhood data and data sources in the state of Nevada including existing data, needed data, and data that can be obtained from other sources. The report will include a recommendation for the most effective way to store, analyze, and disseminate the data to the public.
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Immunization Provider Mapping Project

In the Spring of 2009 NICRP worked with the Southern Nevada Immunization Coalition to map locations of all childhood immunization providers in Nevada. NICRP obtained several lists of providers including; a list of all physicians licensed in Nevada as pediatricians or general practitioners, list of VFC providers, immunization providers as listed on Nevada 211 and all pharmacy clinics offering immunizations. This list was then screened for duplicates and all locations were contacted via telephone and asked a series of questions regarding immunization practices. The final list of confirmed childhood immunization providers consisted of 311 locations. These locations were then geocoded and placed on a GIS map through the help of VTN services. These maps were presented at the Immunization Forum held in Las Vegas on April 7, 2009.
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Garrett Lee Smith Grant

The Garrett Lee Smith Grant provides funds to offer services for the intervention, prevention and treatment of suicide by youth. The Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Memorial Act Grant was secured by the Nevada Department of Child and Family Services in late 2005 and is currently managed by a Youth Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator and overseen by The Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention Coordinator. NICRP was contracted to provide a local and cross site evaluation of grant initiatives. Our main responsibilities for the grant are to develop a local evaluation plan for two main programs, Columbia Teen Screen and Gatekeeper training. We are also responsible for providing necessary information for cross-site evaluations. For more information about youth suicide and programs offered in the state of Nevada , please visit the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention website at http://www.hr.state.nv.us/directors/suicideprev/about.htm.
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Smaller Learning Communities Grant

The Smaller Learning Communities Grant provides support for the development of small, safe, and successful learning environments in large high schools. Funds are provided to assist schools to develop research-based strategies, implement, and expand smaller learning environments. NICR&P will conduct a three phase evaluation of Clark County School District 's (CCSD) Smaller Learning Communities Grant. This will include a formative evaluation, an evaluation of program process, and an analysis of the program's objectives and outcomes. As part of the evaluation process, we are responsible for developing evaluation instruments, and collecting and analyzing data. For more general information, please visit the US Department of Education's website dedicated to the Smaller Learning Communities Program at http://www.ed.gov/programs/slcp/index.html.

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Study of the Health, Safety, Welfare and Civil and Other Rights of Children in Government and Private Facilities in Nevada

On November 16, 2005 , the Legislative Commission contracted with the NICRP to conduct a study of the health, safety, welfare and civil and other rights of children in certain government and private facilities in Nevada . The study included three primary components:

- Analysis of the facilities' policies and procedures that are related to the health, safety, welfare, treatment and civil and other rights of children in their care;
- Analysis of all complaints filed by or on the behalf of a child in any of the facilities, beginning with complaints filed on or after January 1, 2000, including accepting complaints directly during the project period; and
- Conducting unannounced site visits at each facility, which included observational tours and interviews with administration, staff and youth.


There were 30 different facilities included in this study which were divided into five different categories based on the primary function of the facility: Detention, Correction, Child Welfare, Treatment, and Group Homes. During the course of the study, NICRP collected almost 4,000 complaints, conducted over 30 site visits, reviewed 30 sets of policies and procedures, and completed more than 300 interviews with administrators, staff and youth. To see the full report, click here.

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Complaint Collection Project for Youth Residential Facilities in Nevada

Under a continuation contract with the Nevada State Legislative Counsel Bureau, NICRP accepted complaints regarding 30 facilities that house children across the state of Nevada . Included facilities forwarded all internal grievances to NICRP for summary and analysis. In addition NICRP had a toll free number and online complaint form available to anyone to file a complaint regarding any of the included facilities. NICRP collected this information until June 2007 and prepared a report analyzing all complaints received during the project period.

This project is a continuation of the "Study of the Health, Safety, Welfare, and Civil and Other Rights of Children in Government and Private Facilities in Nevada" funded by the Nevada State Legislature and mandated pursuant to A.B. 580 of the 2005 Legislative Session. A full report of the study was presented to the Legislative Subcommittee on December 7, 2006. To see the full report, click here.

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