Thursday, April 4, 2013

Child Trends- New Research: Emphasizing Evidence-Based Programs for Children and Youth

Child Trends
April 4, 2013


New Research: Emphasizing Evidence-Based Programs for Children and Youth

Implementing evidence-based programs is a hot topic in child and youth development, and there's a lot we still don't know about it. Three research briefs Child Trends released recently suggest that it's not enough to invest in programs that have been shown to work--we need to identify and invest in the components that make these programs work better.  

The first brief, Key Implementation Considerations for Executing Evidence-Based Programs: Project Overview, introduces key themes that emerged during a convening of leading practitioners and researchers. 

The second, The Importance of Quality Implementation for Research, Practice, and Policy, identifies factors that impact implementation and discusses the steps that lead to quality implementation.
The third, Core Intervention Components: Identifying and Operationalizing What Makes Programs Work, discusses the process of identifying, operationalizing and implementing the components of interventions that are likely to produce positive outcomes.
A final brief will be released in late spring. The briefs are being prepared for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Free Webinar: Fundraising with Performance Data

How do you make performance data compelling to funders? How do you know if you have the right data to begin with? Join former Child Trends senior research scientist Isaac Castillo and Bridget Laird, CEO of Wings for Kids, a nonprofit with a rapidly-growing out-of-school-time program, for a webinar highlighting ways to make data about outputs and outcomes compelling to funders. Janet Camarena, director of the Foundation Center San Francisco, will make closing remarks. Space is limited, so reserve your spot  today.

 Thursday, April 11, 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Co-sponsored by the Foundation Center and PerformWell, a partnership between Urban Institute, ChildTrends and Social Solutions.

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