Activities around the world
Since 2003, an annual international seminar has been organised and where and when possible, has been joined with a related event open to wider professional and scholarly public. Members of the association have been committed to organise these important events with high motivation and engagement.

  • The 2004 seminar in Abano Terme (near Padova, Italy) was followed by a Conference in Florence at the Istituto degli Innocenti on “Outcome Evaluation in Services for Children and Families: Learning and Comparing Experiences”, organised in collaboration with the Tuscany Region. This resulted in a publication gathering the papers presented at the Conference.
  • The 2005 seminar in Quarto d’Altino (Venice, Italy) saw the launch of the International Association website and the organisation of two research seminars held in Malosco (Italy).
  • The 2006 seminar in Tarrytown (New York, Usa) was preceded by an international conference, “An International Perspective on the Mental Health Needs of Children and Adolescents in Care; Implications for Policy, Practice and Research” organised by the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and The Children and Families Institute for Research, Support and Training (Children FIRST).
  • The 2007 seminar in Wellington (New Zealand) was preceded by a conference devoted to professionals working in the field of children and families in New Zealand and organised in collaboration with the New Zealand Families Commission. After the Association seminar there were two further workshops provided by Association members with Families Commission staff.
  • The 2008 seminar in Padova (Italy) was combined with the European Scientific Association For Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF) International Conference on “Assessing the ‘Evidence-Base’ of Intervention for Vulnerable Children and their Families — Cross National Perspectives and Challenges for Research, Practice and Policy.” This collaboration between EUSARF, Fondazione Zancan and iaOBERfcs resulted in a conference with almost 450 participants, 300 of them coming from abroad.
  • The 2010 seminar in Volterra (Pisa, Italy) was combined with the International Conference: “Qualitative and quantitative approaches for assessing outcomes: international perspectives” held in Firenze at the Istituto degli Innocenti and in collaboration with the Tuscany Region.
  • The 2011 seminar in Malosco (Trento, Italy) was combined with an international conference on “Integrating evidence-based practices in child & family services: lessons learned from different countries”, in collaboration with the Free University of Bozen (Italy)
  • The 2013 seminar in Jerusalem (Israel) was organised in connection with a seminar for professionals: “Outcomes of Children Living in Poverty”. In the same year, the 7th annual seminar of the International Foster Care Research Network was organised in Padova on the theme: “Foster care in Europe: what do we know about outcomes and evidence?” in connection with the international conference: “Foster care in Europe: what do we know about outcomes and evidence?”.
  • The 2014 seminar held in Padova (Italy) was connected to an International Conference on: “Child Wellbeing and the Impact of Poverty on Children’s Outcomes” organised in the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Fondazione Zancan.
  • The 2016 annual seminar “Exploring the connections between evaluating outcomes and evaluating social impact” is organised in Oviedo (Spain) in connection with the Eusarf Conference “Shaping the future”.


Dissemination activities
There are three main areas of dissemination:

  • The newsletter of the Association aims to maintain connections among members: it summarizes past and future activities, assesses the availability of members to join cross-national research, and lists activities and publications performed by members related to outcome-based evaluation.
  • The website of the Association ( is open to the public and maintains an area for iaOBERfcs members.
  • The flexible international group collaborations that concentrate attention on the themes that members consider important to explore and disseminate via web and or joint publications.

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