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.
GTO consists of 10 steps that empower program developers to do the following:
Leaders must stay up to date on effective methods for addressing youth issues. They also need to know what’s working not just around the nation, but in their own backyard.
Don’t worry: You don’t have to spend your nights combing academic journals. Help is available to keep you abreast of the best information about effective practices, to help you understand different levels of quality assessment (such as evidence-based vs. research-based), and to guide you in conducting surveys and studies about efforts in your community or state.
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.
Probably all over the place, in different formats, with lots of gaps. State and local leaders routinely lament that while they have plenty of numbers about children and youth, they don’t have a complete or coherent picture.
Armed with a comprehensive set of data about young people, leaders can make better decisions about services and supports. They can see what approaches are working. They can guide their community or state in setting priorities about what resources to provide, to whom, and where.
By Ellen Goldring and Mark Berends
Goldring and Berends are authors of the AASA book Leading with Data: A Path to School Improvement, published by Corwin Press.
The anchor for school improvement efforts is a schoolwide focus on teaching and learning. Toward that end, successful school leaders attend to school effectiveness indicators that are rooted in leading with data, including:
This commentary provides an overview of four sources of data for child and youth well-being and calls for more robust indicators to reflect the full picture of child and youth development. This can be used to prompt conversation about the quality of data in a community and how data can be gathered that is reflective of the ‘big picture’ of child and youth outcomes.