There is increasingly broad consensus supporting the use of evidence to address critical social problems. Most notably, there has been widespread effort to determine which individual programs can demonstrate strong evidence of impact. A new report from the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Better Evidence for Decision-Makers: Emerging Pathways from Existing Knowledge, highlights examples and scholars that are moving the field of evidence-based policy forward. One of the scholars highlighted is the Forum's Charles Smith, long-time leader of the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality:
"Smith's work goes deeply into the question of what it means to "implement well," and how that can be achieved, for a specific service type. It includes not only standards of practice, but also specification of how such practices can be observed and the organizational factors needed to support them. In fact, all three of these approaches have produced not only research findings, but also tools that can be used to support more effective practice."