The Center for Tribes is a partnership of four organizations that collectively have more than 90 years of experience working with tribal and state partners designing, delivering and evaluating Capacity Building services in Indian Country.
University of Denver's Butler Institute for Families role in the Center is administrative and evaluation lead. Butler brings a 20-year history working in child welfare and has worked with Tribal Nations and child welfare staff in more than 30 states, and internationally in Bermuda, Canada, and Romania. Butler has a national reputation for leading, administering, and evaluating large-scale, multi-partner systems change and technical assistance efforts.
TLPI is the Center’s programmatic lead. Established in 1996, TLPI is a 100% Indian-owned and operated non-profit corporation. TLPI’s mission is to enhance and strengthen tribal sovereignty and justice while honoring community values, protecting rights, and promoting well-being. The TLPI team has a wealth of experience concerning tribal governments, tribal justice systems, and Indian child welfare programs.
USM is the lead for learning experiences (Universal and Constituency Services). USM has successfully delivered Training and Technical Assistance to child welfare agencies in all 50 States and over 100 Tribal Nations. USM is recognized for quality technical assistance, training, research, needs assessments, strategic planning, and evaluation for national, state, and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations, foundations, the courts, and law enforcement agencies.
Westat is the lead on continuous quality improvement and data systems. Westat is internationally recognized in children’s services research with over 30 years of helping the child welfare community examine services provided to children and families. Westat delivers high-quality technical assistance, building the capacity of tribal and state child welfare agencies to use data and technology, and conducting continuous quality improvement and evaluation to improve practice and programs.