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Programs that improve kids’ lives can strengthen the community and make more effective use of public funding. That’s why it's smart for public systems to invest in evidence-based programs that support kids’ healthy development.

Advancing understanding of evidence-based programs

Children’s ability to meet academic, social, emotional and physical milestones depends largely on risk and protective factors in their lives. Researchers must be able to link improved outcomes to positive changes in those risk and protective factors to demonstrate a program’s impact.  

Using evidence-based program standards, we help public systems identify which programs are supported by the highest levels of evidence. Learn the steps to proving a program is effective.

Developing and promoting evidence-based programs that support healthy youth development

In the past 30 years, researchers have identified a number of programs that have a positive impact on kids and families. Search Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development to identify cost-effective and proven programs.

Casey invests in adapting, replicating and evaluating promising programs, especially those that can be used to keep kids from unnecessarily entering the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

We also provide consultations to policymakers and public and private agency leaders about steps they can take to support the use of evidence-based programs.

Team Decision Making (TDM) is a promising child welfare strategy that involves children and families, their support networks and professionals in all decisions related to child placement. Casey is funding an evaluation to identify which TDM components are essential to improving outcomes for young people.

Demonstrating that public systems and communities can partner to improve kids’ well-being at a community level.

Casey is developing and testing a new platform to guide public system investment in evidence-based programs, called Evidence2Success. In 2012, Casey selected Providence, Rhode Island, and the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet to implement and improve the platform before making it available in additional sites.

A longitudinal evaluation of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is examining the impact of policies and practices on the well-being of young people who are aging out of foster care. To date, research has linked policy and practice changes to higher graduation and GED rates in several states, and to increased access to health insurance in Iowa.

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Public systems, schools and communities guiding public investment toward evidence-based programs that improve children’s growth and development.

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Program Builds Results-Based Approach into Human-Services Work and Coursework

Randy Nelson was frustrated. As director of the criminal justice administration graduate program at Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University, he was short on tools to guide students who were learning about reducing racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. But he found just what he wanted — and just what his students needed — with Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA).

Eight Strategies for Funding the Implementation of Child Welfare Programs

Child welfare leaders have an enormous responsibility to ensure critical outcomes for children and families. With so much at stake, they need programs and practices that work. That’s why the Annie E. Casey Foundation has developed a brief to help child welfare agency administrators and partners fund, implement and sustain effective evidence-based programs.

Funding Effective Implementation of Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare

This brief shares eight strategies to help child welfare agency administrators and partners fund and sustain evidence-based programs that benefit children and families. These strategies — presented in the context of a stage-based framework — consider the costs, funding streams, partnerships and allocation of resources that are both specific to child welfare systems and necessary for effective implementation.

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