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Opportunities and Challenges for the Use of Evidence

Alexander Sileo, Research Associate and Special Assistant, The Forum for Youth Investment
Friday, March 9, 2018

On February 28th, agency staff, academic researchers and nonprofit officials gathered at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s offices to discuss how evidence was used in the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations as well as what opportunities policymakers can take advantage of to spread the use of evidence in 2018.

Webinar: White House/Obama Administration Policies Supporting Comprehensive Strategies for Youth


Washington, DC

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Short Description: 
In order for community partnerships to have a positive collective impact on young people’s lives, federal policies need to support comprehensive, place-based interagency efforts. The Forum for Youth Investment, in partnership with the National Collaboration for Youth, American Institutes for Research, the Campaign for Youth, the Children's Leadership Council and the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, hosted a webinar to learn about the White House and the Obama Administration’s plans to support such comprehensive efforts for youth in general, and for disconnected youth in particular.

Research-Practice Partnerships: A Strategy for Leveraging Research for Educational Improvement in School Districts

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Short Description: 
In K-12 education, one increasingly popular strategy for closing the gap between research and practice is the development of sustained partnerships that link researchers with school district staff. This paper explores the benefits and challenges of that work and describes models for emerging partnerships.
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The collaborators say the site "leverages research-based findings that have been synthesized and simplified by experts in the field."

Visit the PerformWell website.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Short Description: 
Social service providers have a new way to help make their programs more effective. Urban Institute, Child Trends and Social Solutions have teamed up to create PerformWell, which provides information and tools to measure program quality and outcomes.

After-School Data: Six Tip Sheets on What Cities Need to Know

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Short Description: 
Data, smartly employed, can help after-school decision-makers with everything from allocating resources fairly to improving program quality. After-School Data: What Cities Need to Know is a new set of six tip sheets to help city agencies, after-school program providers, intermediary organizations, and others make the most of data in after-school programming.