The study project team in collaboration with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Department of Education, and the Administration for Children and Families, identified Part C and Child Welfare experts. These experts represented a range of professional perspectives. Individuals were asked to participate in telephone discussions. It is important to note that the views of these experts do not represent the entire field since the sample was based on nomination and then self-selection. The views of experts are intended to enhance our understanding of the issues.
The purpose of the discussions with experts was to ask them questions about the interaction between Part C and Child Welfare based on their own experiences conducting research or managing state programs. The experts were requested to respond to drafts of our products.