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Adding It Up: A Guide for Mapping Public Resources for Children, Youth and Families

Government agencies, intergovernmental commissions, task forces, and policy and advocacy organizations have always relied on some level of data on investments in children, youth, families and communities to do their jobs. Fiscal maps can help decision makers get a birds-eye view of how much is being spent across departments and programs. Though these maps come in many forms, a quality fiscal map is different than traditional public reports on spending because it focuses on children and youth, not departments and agencies.

Thursday, June 1, 2006
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This guidebook is designed to clarify the process of creating and implementing an effective fiscal map. It provides an overview of planning, collecting the data, and ways to use the information to make informed decisions.
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Program Landscape Mapping Packet

Program landscape mapping, comprised of data gathered through a survey or online database, can help your community get a picture of services, supports and opportunities that are available to children and youth in your community.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
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This resource packet is designed to help leaders better understand the services, supports and opportunities available to children and youth in a community. It includes a guide, a template for a program landscape mapping survey, and a set of sample charts and results.

Improving the Effectiveness of Juvenile Justice Programs

The paper presents a new approach to evidence-based practice that will produce better outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The paper begins with an overview of the different approaches to evidence-based practice and introduces a tool Dr. Mark Lipsey has developed to better make use of the vast knowledge base. It then embeds this new approach within a comprehensive juvenile justice framework that will allow increased knowledge to benefit the entire juvenile justice continuum, rather than a handful programs serving a limited number of youth.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
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This publication provides a new perspective on evidence-based practice in the field of juvenile justice. As Shay Bilchik, director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and research professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, says about the focus of the paper, “It is not just about evaluating programs, but ensuring that there is a sufficient array of programs available, that youth are matched to appropriate services based on risk and need and that services are evaluated to determine if we are achieving the outcomes the science tells us we should be able to realize.”

Gallup Student Poll

The Gallup Student Poll

Friday, May 15, 2009
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Gallup has harnessed years of research and development, and distilled three key indicators of student success into a single metric. The free poll measures student hope for the future, engagement with school, and wellbeing - factors that have been shown to drive students' grades, achievement scores, retention, and future employment.
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Hope, Wellbeing and Engagement Data Sheets

Gallup has harnessed years of research and development, and distilled three key indicators of student success into a single metric. The Gallup Student Poll adds clarity to the discussion around the purpose and utility of non-cognitive measures and their relevance to student success. The poll measures student hope for the future, engagement with school, and wellbeing - factors that have been shown to drive students' grades, achievement scores, retention, and future employment.

Hope - the ideas and energy we have for the future.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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These data sheets provide a glimpse of the 2011 data from the Gallup Student Poll, focused on the experience of hope, wellbeing and engagement. Experiences of hope, wellbeing and engagement by a student have been linked to student performance and success.
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Taking Stock Worksheet

This worksheet can be used by leaders in a variety of ways. For example, it can be used to prompt discussion during a community meeting or it can be used as a survey among providers and policymakers. The goal is to help leaders gain more information about where there is available data on child and youth outcomes; family, school and community supports; and leadership efforts.

Sunday, August 31, 2014
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This worksheet is designed to help leaders assess current data strengths and gaps in their community. The worksheet prompts thinking about what data is important for decision making, where current data is accessed, and what additional data would contribute to more informed decision making.
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Nashville Child and Youth Master Plan

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Nashville, TN

The challenge is to move beyond fragmented approaches, toward citywide collaboration and accountability. The Mayor’s Child and Youth Master Plan is an invitation to the community to make a commitment to children and youth by working collaboratively to achieve the plan’s desired outcomes.

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Nashville's 14 desired outcomes for children and youth

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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The Nashville Mayor’s Child and Youth Master Plan is first and foremost a living document that seeks to clarify and prioritize what Nashville as a city want to see and commit to concerning the well-being of its children and youth. It is also a call to the larger community to develop broader partnerships, set attainable goals, employ data driven decision making and engage in bolder strategies.
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Supports Dashboard Facilitator’s Packet

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Use this facilitator's guide and sample in a community meeting to help think about the variety of settings and supports that youth have access to and how the community's goals for young people fit into the bigger picture.

Precision Engineering

In this column, Pittman calls for the youth development field to improve their use of data. She says "changing the odds for young people requires us to not only be passionate in our commitment to providing high-quality supports and opportunities to all youth, but precise in measuring how well we and they are doing, so that we can make real time adjustments."

Friday, May 16, 2008
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This 2008 Youth Today column by Forum for Youth Investment CEO Karen Pittman stresses the importance of having a full picture of data on children and youth, including data that is linked from an individual level to a programmatic level to a city level.

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