Findings on Family Engagement from California Research Bureau

Now more than ever, it is critical that youth and families contribute to policy decision-making in child-serving programs. Evidence shows that meaningful family engagement in policymaking helps government more effectively support children and families, improving children’s outcomes. For example, outreach efforts to parents with children enrolled in Medi-Cal are more effective when caregiver representatives regularly provide input on draft communications and the most efficient methods to reach families. Meaningful engagement is demonstrated when families are intentionally included in decision-making and empowered to be full partners.