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Webinar: White House/Obama Administration Policies Supporting Comprehensive Strategies for Youth


Washington, DC

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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In order for community partnerships to have a positive collective impact on young people’s lives, federal policies need to support comprehensive, place-based interagency efforts. The Forum for Youth Investment, in partnership with the National Collaboration for Youth, American Institutes for Research, the Campaign for Youth, the Children's Leadership Council and the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, hosted a webinar to learn about the White House and the Obama Administration’s plans to support such comprehensive efforts for youth in general, and for disconnected youth in particular.

Research-Practice Partnerships: A Strategy for Leveraging Research for Educational Improvement in School Districts

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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In K-12 education, one increasingly popular strategy for closing the gap between research and practice is the development of sustained partnerships that link researchers with school district staff. This paper explores the benefits and challenges of that work and describes models for emerging partnerships.
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Visit the PerformWell website.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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Social service providers have a new way to help make their programs more effective. Urban Institute, Child Trends and Social Solutions have teamed up to create PerformWell, which provides information and tools to measure program quality and outcomes.

After-School Data: Six Tip Sheets on What Cities Need to Know

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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Data, smartly employed, can help after-school decision-makers with everything from allocating resources fairly to improving program quality. After-School Data: What Cities Need to Know is a new set of six tip sheets to help city agencies, after-school program providers, intermediary organizations, and others make the most of data in after-school programming.

Youth Program Quality Implications for Policy and Practice

The Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) offers a continuous improvement approach that flips traditional professional development upside-down: the intervention leads with performance assessment, and then engages staff in a multi-month cycle of planning and improvement. The YPQI study, the first experimental investigation of a data-driven, continuous improvement intervention in the after-school field, occurred from 2006-2008. We set out to understand if the YPQI could improve the quality of youth experiences in afterschool programs.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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A substantial and growing evidence base confirms that afterschool programs can make a positive difference for youth in the critical domains of achievement, social and civic skills, and risk reduction. However, many programs do not realize this potential, and a primary reason for this may be the quality of experiences available to youth in these settings. Improving quality is therefore a priority for the afterschool field. Evidence suggests that the predominant form of professional development—staff training without follow-up—rarely produces sustained change in practice.
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