Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect

The mission of CPAN is to promote the prevention and effective measurement of interpersonal violence in Lane County and across the state of Oregon using best practices in dissemination science and surveillance.


CPAN is the research hub of 90by30. As part of the University of Oregon's College of Education, it is well positioned to conduct the scientific research that provides the foundation of the 90by30 effort. Jeff Todahl, Ph.D., a co-founder of 90by30, also serves as the co-director and director of research for CPAN. 90by30 Director Phyllis Barkhurst is the co-director.


Established in April, 2012, CPAN was designed to develop, implement and research a collective impact and public health approach to child abuse and neglect prevention. Most CPAN research activities are directly related to the 90by30 Initiative, though additional current projects include an evaluation of a child sexual abuse curriculum (Stewards of Children), measurement of child abuse and neglect prevalence rates across Oregon (Oregon Prevalence Study), and participation in a 24 U.S. university evaluation of campus-based sexual assault prevention (McBee).


Goals of the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect


  1. Develop, implement, and evaluate a place-based, community generated child abuse and neglect theory of change.


  1. Develop and implement a population-level child abuse prevention countywide measurement protocol and statewide child abuse prevalence measurement system.

3. Provide child abuse prevention technical assistance expertise and training for other region-center initiatives in the United States.


  1. Provide research and evaluation services to private foundations and units of government to test the efficacy of statewide prevention strategies.


Current Research Projects


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 10 Oregon rural regions (n=20,500+). CPAN is conducting a developmental program evaluation in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation.


Oregon Prevalence Study

The Oregon Prevalence Study (OPS) 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 OPS will survey middle and high school students (stratified random sample). At this time, CPAN is adapting existing measures (JVQ, CTQ), developing items for additional constructs, and modifying ACE items. In the 2016-2017 academic year, the measure will be piloted and refined for implementation in 2017-2018.


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 4 years through 2032. The measure is designed to identify public beliefs, attitudes, self and collective efficacy, and perceptions of child abuse primary prevention strategies.

Child Abuse Prevention Community Engagement Investigation, 2nd Generation

This qualitative evaluation will formalize the ‘90by30 Question’ community engagement protocol. Researchers will select "communities of interest" (e.g., youth, marginalized populations, businesses) and will seek their response and recommendations to the 90by30 strategic plan. This study merges community engagement, public health, and Spradley’s (1979) ethnographic methodology. Interviews will take place in the community (e.g., strategic park locations, Dari Mart convenience stores).


Child Abuse Primary Prevention Systematic Literature Review

The CPAN Systematic Literature Review Team has nearly completed an exhaustive systematic literature review of child abuse primary prevention evidence-based programs. This review has direct application: It is informing strategies that are being considered and selected by 90by30 Regional Leadership Teams and CPAN.


McBee Sexual Assault Bystander Multi-University Efficacy Evaluation

A partnership with the University of Kentucky and 24 public colleges and universities. McBee will evaluate the activities and effectiveness of University of Oregon sexual assault prevention efforts and quasi compare those findings with 23 other U.S. universities.


COAMFTE Intimate Partner Violence Curriculum Survey and Review

The Intimate Partner Violence Survey is in a follow-up phase. This study investigated COAMFTE training programs’ inclusion of IPV content (including universal screening).


Center for Healthy Relationships IPV Universal Screening Protocol

This mixed methods study is designed to evaluate the current interpersonal violence screening protocol at the Center for Healthy Relationships. Evaluation of secondary data and qualitative interviews with existing clients will inform CHR practice strategies.


Lane ESD School-based Violence Prevention Curricula Audit

Modeled after research by Walsh and colleagues in Australia (Walsh, Berthelsen, Nicholson, Brandon, Stevens, & Rachele, 2013), this study will evaluate child abuse and dating violence prevention school policy and curricula in all schools in the Lane ESD region. This study will inform efforts in Lane County to more systematically prevent child abuse and neglect via universal prevention strategies in our public schools, k-12.


Safe Families for Children: Qualitative Investigation

Safe Families for Children is a faith-based respite care service provided to Lane County families. It has demonstrated promise in reducing child abuse and neglect by providing proactive support to families (Anderson, 2014) and has been adopted as a prevention strategy by Lane County 90by30 regional leadership teams. This study, the first of its kind in the U.S., will capture participants’ beliefs about the benefits and challenges of the service and recommendations for expansion. Click here for more information about Safe Families for Children.