For the past 20 years, Dr. Barbara Fallon has worked to bridge that knowledge gap by collecting reliable national and provincial child welfare data across Canada and mining it with innovative statistical techniques to help policymakers determine what works and is needed to best help children based on evidence, not perceptions.
Throughout her career, Dr. Fallon has received over 11 million dollars in research grants and contracts as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator. These research grants including provincial-wide studies such as the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse & Neglect (2008 & 2013) as well as several knowledge mobilization grants have allowed her to capitalize on the analytic potential of child welfare’s administrative data. She is a Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare and the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare.
Dr. Fallon also has an exceptional publication record with over 108 peer-reviewed publications and 100 peer-reviewed conference presentations. She has disseminated her research to over 500 stakeholders (child welfare agencies, government bodies and other related organizations). This process has ensured that participants receive the results in a direct and interactive format. In the past 3 years Dr. Fallon has given plenary presentations about the importance and utility of using child welfare administrative data to inform and shape effective policy and practice in Germany, Kenya and Japan.