Trend Lines Blog: Programs That Work, and Moms That Do, Too
What We Don't Know About Evidence-Based Programs
are a growing number of programs for children and youth that have
demonstrated positive outcomes, and this is obviously a good thing. But
we're still not sure what it is that separates the effective from the
ineffective. In her latest blog post,
Karen Walker, co-director of the youth development research area at
Child Trends, explains why this gap exists and what its impact is, and
gives some practical advice for closing it.
In Celebration of Moms
Shelby Hickman, a
senior research assistant, links moms and their worries to the founding
of Mother's Day, explains why mothers' indiscriminate praise of their
offspring itself warrants praise, and argues that teens will thank their
moms later for making them eat meals with the family now. To get more
specifics on what to thank your mother for, read the post!
Kelly Maxwell Joins Child Trends
Kelly Maxwell will join Child Trends as a senior program area director in early childhood research, starting July 1st.
Dr. Maxwell, a nationally-recognized expert on early childhood research
and policy, has a particular interest in the areas of school readiness
and evaluations of early childhood initiatives.
Maxwell has led national and state research studies on such issues as
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, school readiness assessments,
and early childhood teacher preparation. She currently
serves as the associate director at the Frank Porter Graham Child
Development Institute and a research associate professor in the School
Psychology Program, both at the University of North Carolina. She will be based in Chapel Hill.
Free Webinar: Early Childhood Data: Building a Strong Foundation
are at a critical juncture for incorporating new data practices and
moving toward the development of comprehensive early childhood data
systems. This upcoming webinar, the last in a series of three, will
present an overview of best practices that promote data integrity and
ensure that high-quality data are available for reporting, monitoring,
and evaluation. The series was designed, in part, as an orientation to a
new set of tools designed by the Quality Initiatives Research and
Evaluation Consortium (INQUIRE) to support the development of high
quality early childhood data.
Data Management: Best Practices for Producing High-Quality Data