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Credentialed by 26 Challenge

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
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The Credentialed by 26 Challenge (March-October, 2011) helps selected communities increase supports for older youth – with an emphasis on helping more low-income, minority and first-generation college-goers obtain postsecondary credentials with labor market value.
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Better Data: Using the Best Information About What Works Webinar Recording

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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This webinar reviews theory, tools and examples about how leaders can bring the best information into their decision-making process. Broadcast on June 26, 2011, the session was led by Larry Pasti of the Forum for Youth Investment and Tom Devaney of the Forum’s David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

Better Data 101 Webinar Recording

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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This webinar offers an introduction to the Better Data standards and offers several examples. Broadcast on May 31, 2011, the session was led by Larry Pasti, field services director, and Kiley Bednar, program manager, at the Forum for Youth Investment.

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.

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.

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.

Use the best information about what works

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.

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.”

Better Data Toolkit

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.

6 Tips for Leading with Data for School Improvement

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:

Saturday, October 23, 2010
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Today’s effective educational leaders use data extensively to guide them in making decisions, setting and prioritizing goals, and monitoring progress. They also use data to define needs, plan interventions and evaluate progress. This short paper outlines key considerations to think through to ensure the best use of data for effective leadership.
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Tracking Child & Youth Well-being

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.

Thursday, August 5, 2010
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This report is an analysis by the Forum for Youth Investment of several studies on child and youth well-being. The paper outlines how tools such as the Ready by 21 developmental dashboard can help leaders be effective.