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The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to data-driven decision making and encourages the use of research to inform program and policy. The DCF Research Review Committee is responsible for ensuring that research requests funded by DCF, involving access to DCF-affiliated staff, programs, families, individuals, children and youth and/or involving confidential DCF client data are reviewed, approved, and monitored in accordance with relevant NJ State and Federal laws and regulations.

Researchers may submit applications for research projects to the Research Review Committee by emailing completed applications to by the submission dates listed below to be reviewed during the corresponding Committee meeting dates. 

Please review the guidelines for research proposal application submission for additional detail.

Currently, aggregate data and statistics are available on the DCF website that do not require permission from DCF for access and usage.  Links to these resources are found on DCF’s website: Publicly available data from DCF’s Division of Child Protection & Permanency and Children’s System of Care can also be accessed through the NJ Child Welfare Data Hub:  

Proposal Submission and Review Dates

The Committee meets and reviews applications for new research projects on a monthly basis. Applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting date in order to be reviewed during a specified meeting. 

October 20, 2022 November 3, 2022
November 17, 2022  December 1, 2022
December 22, 2022  January 5, 2023
 January 19, 2023  February 2, 2023
 February 16, 2023  March 2, 2023
March 23, 2023 April 6, 2023
April 20, 2023 May 4, 2023
May 18, 2023 June 1, 2023
June 22, 2023 July 6, 2023
July 20, 2023 August 3, 2023
August 24, 2023 September 7, 2023
September 21, 2023 October 5, 2023
October 19, 2023 November 2, 2023
November 23, 2023 December 7, 2023
December 21, 2023 January 4, 2024