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Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect

Jeffrey Todahl, CPAN Co-Director and Director of Research
Phyllis Barkhurst, CPAN Co-Director and 90by30 Director


Mailing Address: 
Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect
5251 University of Oregon

Although an impressive body of empirical research has increased our understanding of child abuse and neglect intervention, it has also shown that intervention alone does not decrease the rates of child abuse and neglect; they remain very high in the United States. A new kind of effort is needed to translate existing and emerging knowledge into a significant reduction in the rates of child abuse and neglect.

The Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect is designed to develop, implement and research a collective impact and public health approach to child abuse/neglect prevention.

The mission of the Center is to act as a convening body to design, coordinate, facilitate, and measure a community-campus collective impact initiative toward violence prevention, with the initial priority of reducing child abuse and neglect in Lane County 90 percent by 2030.

Goals of the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect

  1. To create an innovative community-campus partnership that demonstrates the exponential impact of pooling local talent and best practice knowledge toward resolution of an adaptive social problem.
  2. To demonstrate effective, to-scale application of best practice prevention knowledge, collective impact, and the public health model aligned across one U.S. county.
  3. To develop and implement innovative population-based, county-wide measurement of child abuse and neglect prevention in a manner that provides meaningful process-based corrective feedback and compelling outcome data.
  4. To provide child abuse prevention technical assistance expertise and training for other region-centered communities in the United States.

The Center includes each of the following components:

  • organizational infrastructure to facilitate alignment of CI Initiative and abuse-prevention strategic plan
  • Lane County-wide shared goal development, shared measurement system, and data-based decision-making
  • data collection, reporting and continuous improvement systems
  • technology & communication systems
  • community engagement
  • mobilization of strategic university resources toward support of CPAN

The first effort of the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect is 90by30, an initiatve to reduce child abuse and neglect in Lane County 90 percent by 2030. For more information, visit

Samples of Research

1. Stewards of Children (Protect Our Children) Evaluation
Stewards of Children is a facilitated, video-based child sexual abuse prevention curriculum designed for adults. It is being delivered across 12 Oregon rural regions (n=8,000+). CPAN is conducting a developmental program evaluation in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation.

You can read the executive summary of the Stewards of Children evaluation here. Also available are the executive summary and brief report of "The Impact of Oregon's Stewards of Children on Provider Programs, Community Partners, and the Public at Large," based on focus-group interviews conducted in May 2017 at The Ford Family Foundation's Protect Our Children Annual Conference with site administrators, trainers, facilitators, and development personnel.

2. Oregon Child Abuse Prevalence Study
The Oregon Child Abuse Prevalence Study (OCAPS) is designed to more accurately measure child abuse and neglect prevalence rates. Data, to date, relies on child abuse report rates (which significantly under-represent actual rates) and retrospective research with adults. National survey data has several additional limitations. The OCAPS will survey middle and high school students (stratified random sample). At this time, CPAN has carried out the high school pilot study in five classrooms and will continue surveying students through Fall 2018. A summary of the study, including sample items and initial reflections, is available here.

3. Child Abuse Prevention Climate Survey
The Child Abuse Prevention Climate Survey (CAPCS) is a 50-item measure that was recently administered (random-digit dial) in Lane (n=503) and Whatcom  (n=410) counties. It will be re-administered every four years through 2032. The measure is designed to identify public beliefs, attitudes, self and collective efficacy, and perceptions of child abuse primary prevention strategies. Click here to read the full report, or click here to view both pages of the infographic summarizing the results of the survey.

4. McBEE Sexual Assault Bystander Multi-University Efficacy Evaluation
A partnership with the University of Kentucky and 24 public colleges and universities. McBEE is evaluating the activities and effectiveness of University of Oregon sexual assault prevention efforts and quasi comparing those findings with 23 other U.S. universities. Click here to read the full executive summary.