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Building Effective Youth Councils

The Forum believes that meaningful youth engagement is critical for the creation of sustainable, widespread, high-impact change in the systems and settings that can either support or hinder young people’s progress.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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This publication, created by the Forum for Youth Investment with National League of Cities, provides a practical guide to engaging youth in policymaking. It provides a rationale for youth councils, keys to making them effective and examples of useful documents and language.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services Effective and Promising Practices

Once communities have determined their desired outcomes, this website offers information regarding federal agencies or nationally recognized organizations that use different levels of criteria for identifying effective programs. This website may assist in identifying effective programs that may best match your needs.

http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/sppd/eff_practices/links.asp

Friday, January 4, 2008
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This website is a one-stop resource on interventions that are considered to be effective and promising.
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Getting to Outcomes: 10 Steps for Achieving Results-Based Accountability

GTO consists of 10 steps that empower program developers to do the following:

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
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Developed by the RAND Corporation, Getting to Outcomes outlines a step-by-step process to plan, implement and evaluate effective programs that are intended to achieve outcomes in a community. Developed for the substance abuse prevention field, Getting to Outcomes can be applied to the process of goal-setting and intervention selection for many social issues. This report briefly describes GTO's 10 Steps.

Developing and Sharing Juvenile Justice Data in New York State

As in many other states, New York’s juvenile justice system is run by several agencies that each collect and report their own data. Until recently, this data had never been compiled or distributed to offer a comprehensive understanding of the system. This project sought to empower state agencies to report data back to counties in a systematic way that could improve local planning. The Vera Project staff are currently working with county officials from across New York to help them use these and future reports to shape juvenile justice policies and practices.

Thursday, September 1, 2005
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In 2005, the Vera Institute of Justice collaborated with New York State to develop the state's first ever set of juvenile justice indicators- statistics that provide insight into an organization's work or the environment in which it operates. Providing a comprehensive view of juvenile justice, the project is a good example for other states looking to align their data.
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Community Data Inventory Worksheet and Example

The worksheet was developed based on work with the Southeast Challenge Cities, as they identified the need to align their data amongst their stakeholders. The example is provided to aid leaders in completing their own community data assessment.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
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This worksheet and accompanying example help leaders get a fuller picture of how data are shared and disseminated in your community. It helps leaders assess how well they are collecting, warehousing and sharing data about youth outcomes, community, school and family supports, and leader efforts.

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.”

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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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.

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