National APS Resource Center: Research
The National APS Resource Center is involved in numerous research initiatives with multiple partners. Our research initiatives are focused on affirming objective, evidence-based practices for APS professionals, then putting “research-to-practice” toward bridging the gap between theory and real-world applications.
Many of the National APS Resource Center research initiatives have been undertaken as a collaborative venture with the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA).
The joint NAPSA-NCPEA Research Committee has developed guiding principles for APS research projects which you can view here:
- Message from the Research Committee
- Guidelines for Evaluating and Applying Research
- Guiding Principles for Research in Adult Protective Services
- Stages of Research Collaboration with APS Organizations
Lessons Learned from Research and Practice: APS Technical Assistance Reports
Part I – Emerging Information from Professional Publications
The literature search findings, along with technical assistance materials published by NAPSRC during the grant period, are synopsized in this report. The purpose is to provide a succinct reference for APS program administration and staff regarding resources published over the course of 2014-15 that address issues, policies, and investigation and intervention methods relative to elder and vulnerable adult maltreatment and APS secondary prevention efforts. It is anticipated that this synopsis will also serve as a useful resource for researchers, federal and state organizations, funders, and others invested in understanding vulnerable adult maltreatment and prevention and intervention initiatives. The goal is to illuminate available research and publications as well as areas in which research needed to inform APS evidence-based practices is missing or inadequate.
Part II – Innovative Practices from the Field
This report describes various innovative practices implemented by APS programs throughout the country and submitted to the NAPSRC in 2014 and 2015. The practices are categorized as follows:
- Increasing Efficiency and Worker Effectiveness
- Improving Reporting Capacity
- Strengthening Client Services
- Addressing Financial Exploitation
- Working with Other Systems.