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Ready News: August 11, 2016

Ready News
August 11, 2016

Using Evidence to Guide Change in Juvenile Justice and Beyond


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Using Evidence to Create Lasting Change in Juvenile Justice and Beyond
The Forum's CEO Karen Pittman recently sat down with Shay Bilchik of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform  and Steve Michael with the Iowa Department of Human Rights to discuss what we know - and what we're doing with that knowledge - about what works in juvenile justice. 

Pittman teed off the conversation on evidence-based practice with the observation that the term evidence has come up more in the last two years than it did in the last two decades. Bilchik highlighted the importance of evidence, emphasizing the need to look beyond the mindset of only focusing on rigorously evaluated programs to look at a variety of models.
Using evidence-based programs effectively means doing much more than just selecting a brand-name intervention. Matching the right intervention to the needs of an individual, training staff, assessing risks and needs at the outset and continuous evaluation and improvement are all essential, all three panelists agreed.
Listen to the recording of the session.
Read a short article on the conversation.
Evidence-Based Policy wd
Congressional Evidence-Based Policy Commission Gets to Work
Obscured by the up-to-the-minute headlines and near-constant push notifications of a sensational election season, the unheralded work of the bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policy has quietly begun.
Signed into law in March, the act forming the Commission is a boon to champions of evidence-based policy across the political divide. What's more, the law's origin story-a rare instance of legislators working across the aisle in an effort to improve government-is a reminder that, despite our differences, collaboration toward a common purpose can build knowledge, strengthen policy, and potentially make life better for American families.
The Forum's Thaddeus Ferber recently wrote about the Commission and its critical mission. 
Karen Pittman Reflects on Positive Youth Development and STEM
Youth development professionals come from many backgrounds and work in a variety of settings. Due to this diversity, it's essential to ensure there's a basic understanding of positive youth development among those working in the field.
In a @Click2Science blog post, "Planting the Seed that makes 'STEM' Grow," Karen Pittman discusses the importance of PYD in STEM and resources to improve PYD skills.
Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality Upcoming Training Opportunities
The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality partners with networks of youth programs to implement evidence-based quality improvement and accountability systems. To help build local capacity, the Weikart Center regularly offers trainings around the country to prepare participants to lead their quality improvement process. Some upcoming opportunities include:
Youth Work METHODS Training of Trainers (Methods TOT)
  • Greenbelt, MD (Washington DC area) - October 12-14 
  • New Orleans, LA - November 9-11, 2016
Youth Work MANAGEMENT Training of Trainers (Management TOT)
  • Ann Arbor,  MI- November 1-2, 2016
  • Seattle, WA - November 9-10, 2016
, The Cady-Lee House, 7064 Eastern Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20012
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