Robert L. Stoughton

Research Administrator, Montgomery County Family and Children First Council
Staff
College of Arts and Sciences: Fitz Center

Profile

Robert L. Stoughton is the Research Administrator for the Montgomery County Office of Family and Children First and has been with the Fitz Center since October, 2002. He has been working with the Family and Children First Council in Montgomery County since its inception in the Fall of 1995. He has had the lead responsibility for producing the Council’s hallmark publication – a series of annual Reports to the Community on Outcomes and Indicators. He provided the research and general staff support for the work which led to the Council’s adoption of the specific Outcomes and Indicators being tracked in the annual Reports. This effort has put Montgomery County in the forefront of communities attempting to implement “Results-Based Accountability”. He has also provided support regarding issues as diverse as low birth weight, early childhood development, infants and toddlers at risk for – or with – developmental delays or disabilities, school readiness, child fatalities (with particular emphases on child suicides and layover deaths), juvenile sex offenders, teen pregnancy, the needs of the frail elderly, the impact of poverty, and neighborhood development. Previously he served in management and administrative roles for several human service agencies with a particular emphasis on services and policies affecting “at-risk” youth. He has degrees in Physics (B.S., U. of Notre Dame) and Neuroscience (M.S., U. of Rochester), and was a Research Scholar at the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation in Cincinnati, OH. In 1983 and 1984 he was a member of the Marianist Voluntary Service Communities. He and his wife, Rebecca, have been actively engaged in the Christian Family Living Program run by Marianist Family Ministry, Inc., on Topsail Island, North Carolina for many years.

The Staff Perspective

I am very glad to be part of the Fitz Center and part of the conversation between the faculty and staff and students and the larger community. The Family and Children First Council in Montgomery County has distinguished itself by its innovation and this partnership is another example. It is exciting to be able to examine how the systems at work in our community are contributing to the overall results that we want for families and children and neighborhoods. The data that we collect are the fuel that drives our conversations. The opportunity to work with others to improve the quality of the data, the vocabulary we use to talk about the data, and the tools we have for acting on the data is very gratifying.