David Crampton, PhD

Associate Professor
Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

David S. Crampton is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. His research interests focus on the evaluation of family centered and community-based child welfare practices, with the ultimate goal of protecting vulnerable children through the engagement of families, communities and social service providers. Member of a national team evaluating the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family Initiative.

Curriculum Vitae
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Teaching Information

Courses Taught

SPPP 529. Child and Family Policy and Service Delivery
SASS 534. Community and Social Development Perspectives

Research Information

Recent Funding

Recent Grants

Impact Study and Strategic Considerations
Providence House
Principal Investigator
2011 – 2012

Implementation Analysis and Evaluation of Team Decision‐making and the Family to Family Initiative
Principal Investigator
Anne E. Casey Foundation
2006 – 2010


Recent Publications

Crampton, D., & Riley-Behringer, M. (2012).  "What works in family support services?"  In P. Curtis, P. & G. Alexander, (Eds). What Works in Child Welfare? (pp. 81-92 ). Washington, DC:Child Welfare League of America.

Crampton, D. S. (2011). "Family group decision making." In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence (pp. 930-936). New York, NY: Springer.

Crampton, D. S., & Coulton, C. J. (2011). "The benefits of life table analysis for describing disproportionality." In D. Green, K. Belanger, R. McRoy, & L. Bullard (Eds.) Challenging racial disproportionality in child welfare: Research, policy and practice (pp. 45–52). Arlington, VA: CWLA Press.

Crampton, D. S., Usher, C., Wildfire, J., Webster, D., & Cuccaro-Alamin, S. (2011). Does community and family engagement enhance permanency for children in foster care?  Findings from an evaluation of the family to family initiative. Child Welfare, 90(4), 61-77.

Crea, T. M., & Crampton, D. S. (2011). The context of program implementation and evaluation: A pilot study of interorganizational differences to improve child welfare reform efforts. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 2273-2281.

Crea, T. M., Crampton, D. S., Knight, N., & Paine-Wells, L. (2011). Organizational factors and the implementation of family to family: Contextual elements of systems reform. Child Welfare, 90(2), 143–161.

Pennell, J., & Crampton, D. S. (2011). "Parents and child maltreatment: Integrating strategies." In J. W. White, M. P. Koss, & A. E. Kazdin (Eds.), Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses, and emergent priorities (Vol. 2 Navigating solutions, pp.27–45). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Crampton, D., & Rideout, P. (2010). "Restorative justice and child welfare: Engaging families and communities in the care and protection of children." In E. Beck, N. Kropf, & P. Leonard (Eds.), Social Work and Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation (pp.175–194). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Wildfire, J., Rideout, P., & Crampton, D. (2010). Transforming child welfare, One Team Decisionmaking meeting at a time. Protecting Children, 25(2), 40–50.

Crampton, D., & Pennell, J. (2009). "Family-involvement meetings with older children in foster care: Intuitive appeal, promising practices and the challenge of child welfare reform." In B. Kerman, M. Freundlich, & A. N. Maluccio (Eds.), Achieving permanence for older children and youth in foster care (pp. 266–290). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Piccola, T. D., & Crampton, D. (2009). Differences in foster care utilization among non-urban counties. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 3, 235–253.

Shlonsky, A., Schumaker, K., Cook, C., Crampton, D., Saini, M., Backe-Hansen, E. & Kowalski, K. (2009). Family Group Decision Making for children at risk of abuse and neglect [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 3 (Art. No.: CD007984).


Doctor of Philosophy
Social Work and Political Science
University of Michigan
Master of Social Work
University of Michigan
Master of Public Policy
University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts
Oberlin College

Additional Information


  • Children, Youth, and Families (co-chair)
  • Community Practice for Social Change
  • Masters of Nonprofit Organizations

In the News

Mandel School in the Media: March 2019
March 29, 2019

Mandel School’s David S. Crampton Appointed to DCFS Advisory Board
by Mandel School on March 19, 2019

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. See How the Mandel School Is Approaching the Topic
by Mandel School on October 22, 2018

David Crampton is Talking About Research: A Realist Review of Family Group Decision Making
by Mandel School Calendar on January 16, 2018

New Report on Cuyahoga Partnering for Family Success Process Evaluation
by Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development on July 27, 2017

Poverty Center at the 2017 Society for Social Work and Research Conference
by Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development on January 9, 2017