Women, Children, and Families

We design and conduct research directed at improving the physical, social, and emotional well-being of women, children, and families, especially those with low incomes.

Our research addresses the availability of and access to health and social programs and services for these populations, the quality and effectiveness of these programs and services, and the related policies and financing that influence their delivery.

An important part of our work in women, children, and families is the integration of gender-based approaches to research. To broaden and strengthen our policy and program evaluations, we draw on the varied expertise and resources found in the RTI Global Gender Center.

Focus Areas


  • Survey development
  • Program evaluations
  • Technical assistance in program implementation and evaluation
  • Performance measurement
  • Systemic reviews of evidence, policy, and evaluations
  • Qualitative research methods


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families
  • Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health
  • Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Related Research and Web Resources


Don Bailey
Fellow Program Chair and Distinguished Fellow, Early Childhood Development
Helen P. Koo
Senior Research Demographer
Deborah A. Gibbs
Deputy Program Director, Women, Children, and Families Program
Janet B. Mitchell
Vice President, Social Policy, Health, and Economics Research
Ina F. Wallace
Senior Research Psychologist