The Investing in What Works Project — with the goal of providing a more comprehensive framework for bridging research and practice related to evidence-based interventions for children, youth, and families — engaged a panel of national experts and convened a two-day Forum and federal briefings in June 2013.
Many youth-serving programs and initiatives implement evidence-based and innovative strategies to improve youth outcomes. As one of three core goals, Pathways for Youth: Draft Strategic Plan for Federal Collaboration promotes the use of evidence-based and innovative strategies at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels.
The Federal government is placing a stronger emphasis on evidence and the need to build the evidence base to support its policies and programs. Learn about key Federal initiatives using a tiered evidence framework to build on existing evidence by replicating proven practices, validating promising approaches, adapting evidence to new areas, and testing innovative models. more
Organizations from across the country are implementing evidence-based programs to support youth, their families, and their communities. Learn about their experiences selecting, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based programs. more
More and more, funding sources for youth programs require the implementation of evidence-based programs. When implemented with fidelity, evidence-based programs can deliver results and improve outcomes, but implementation can be challenging and necessitates multiple steps.
Where Are You?
Identifying what you want to address and the capacity, culture, and structure of your organization is an essential first step. more
Knowing where to look and what to look for is important when trying to find an evidence-based program that fits your organization and population. more
Implementing & Adapting
The process of putting the evidence-based program into practice is implementation. Understanding fidelity, adaptation, and sustainability is essential during implementation. more
Monitoring & Evaluating
Ongoing evaluation and monitoring of your evidence-based program provides information to the staff implementing the program as well as to the stakeholders in the community. more
In some areas with little research, and for some populations of vulnerable children and youth, little is known about effective approaches, so innovative approaches can help to develop knowledge about what works to improve outcomes. more