Policymakers and practitioners know that understanding the latest research in their fields helps them do their jobs better - but does the same benefit hold true for researchers who understand the policy and practice realities of their fields?
When it comes to making sure every child has the core competencies to succeed in school and later in life, Larry Aber and his colleagues at the Brookings Institution acknowledge the importance of early learning programs - but also argue that it's not too late to help middle school students catch up.
Leaders at a national afterschool conference last week called for better data collection to measure outcomes and for greater coordination and information-sharing among afterschool providers within communities.
As more community leaders around the country see the value of creating a youth master plan, many of them wonder about the critical task of getting good public input—which is why what happened in Alexandria, Va., this past week is so inspiring.
The Forum for Youth Investment is excited to announce that Melody Barnes, former domestic policy adviser to President Obama, will be among the featured speakers at the Ready by 21 National Meeting next month.