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Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity
May 24, 2011 - Mario Morino, McKinsey & Company, and a host of notable nonprofit leaders, including Child Trends' Kristin Moore, Karen Walker, and David Murphey, have collaborated on a new book that presents a candid indictment of the state of "outcomes assessment" in the social sector. Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity, available at leapofreason.org, presents an impassioned plea and logical plan for meeting the difficult challenges of our times with management approaches that complement heart with head, passion with information.
Child Trends seeks to expand information on out-of-
school time programs that work, implementation approaches that are effective, and approaches to evaluation.
We share this knowledge with practitioners, funders, journalists, and policy makers,
Short, easy-to-read briefs are organized for out-of-school time practitioners into Resources by Topic.
LINKS (Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully) database is a continually updated list of programs that work - or don't - to enhance children's development. We also have have a LINKS synthesis, fact sheets organized by Program Type, Population and Outcome.
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Measuring Associations Between Symptoms of Depression and Suicide in Adolescence and Unhealthy Romantic Relationships in Young Adulthood
Tawana Bandy, Mary Terzian, Kristin A. Moore
April 11, 2013
Research and clinical experience suggest that issues related to suicide and depression in adolescence can negatively affect interpersonal relationships, including romantic relationships, in later life. In this research brief, Child Trends analyzes data from heterosexual young adults participating in Add Health (the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health).
What Works for Mentoring Programs? Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
Elizabeth Lawner, Martha Beltz, Kristin A. Moore
March 28, 2013
Child Trends conducted a synthesis of experimental evaluations of 19 mentoring programs for children and youth, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, to determine how frequently these programs work to improve such outcomes as education, mental health, peer and parent relationships, and behavior problems, and what lessons can
be learned to improve outcomes.
Access to Mental Health Care
D. Murphey, B. Vaughn, M. Barry
This Adolescent Health Highlight describes barriers to treating adolescent mental health disorders; discusses the connection between insurance status and access to mental health treatment; and explains funding for adolescent mental health services.
Mental Health Disorders
D. Murphey, M. Barry, B. Vaughn
This Adolescent Health Highlight presents the warning signs of mental disorders; describes the types of mental disorders and their prevalence and trends; discusses the consequences and risk of mental disorders; presents treatment options and barriers to accessing mental health care; and provides mental health resources.
Positive Mental Health: Resilience
D. Murphey, M. Barry, B. Vaughn
As is true for physical health, mental health encompasses more than the absence of disorders. Researchers have considered a number of dimensions of positive mental health, one of which is “resilience.”
Common Ground: A Roadmap to Investing in What Works for Children in Tough Fiscal Times
M. L. Usdansky
This brief summarizes remarks made at the 2012 Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture, including opening remarks by Kristin Moore and key points made by a panel of three experts: Mindy R. Levit of the Congressional Research Service; Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher chair at the Urban Institute; and Patrick McCarthy, president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Encouraging the Development of Key Life Skills In Elementary School-Age Children: A Literature Review and Recommendations
N. Chien, V. Harbin, S. Goldhagen, L. Lippman, K. E. Walker
Our review of the research literature identified the following skills as important to learning and development: self control and self regulation; approaches to learning; mastery vs. performance orientation; persistence; interpersonal skills and peer relations; prosocial behavior; academic self-efficacy; and academic engagement. From these, we recommend the Tauck Family Foundation focus on four—self control; mastery orientation; persistence; and academic self-efficacy—and we explain our reasoning.
Health Insurance Access and Counseling Receipt and their Association with Later Depressive and Suicidal Symptoms
M. A. Terzian, K. A. Moore, K. Bell
This brief analyzes data from a sample of 9,969 young people participating in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to assess whether the receipt of supportive counseling and access to health insurance in adolescence are related to the persistence of adolescent depression and/or suicidality in young adulthood.
Assessing Peer Relations: A Guide for Out-of-School Time Program Practitioners
M. A. Terzian
This brief describes factors that promote positive peer relations; provides information about easy-to-use measures for assessing peer relations; and lists several resources.
Essential Self Management Skills: Summary of Research
L. Delale‐O’Connor, C. Farley, L. Lippman, K. E. Walker
Through the course of our work together, four particular skills have emerged as
potential areas of focus for the Foundation: self‐control, academic self‐efficacy,
persistence and mastery orientation. This short paper summarizes Child Trends’
review of existing research and our understanding of the Tauck Family Foundation’s
goals and objectives. A longer paper, “Encouraging the Development of Key Life
Skills in Elementary School‐Age Children: A Literature Review and
Recommendations to the Tauck Family Foundation,” provides a more in‐depth
scholarly review of the research.
What Works for Male Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
This Fact Sheet, as well as its companion Fact Sheet, focused on female children and adolescents, examine programs and strategies that work, as well as those that don't work.
What Works for Female Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
K. Bell, M. A. Terzian, K. A. Moore
This brief examines programs and strategies that work, as well as those that don't.
What Works for Disadvantaged and Adolescent Parent Programs: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Social Programs and Interventions for Children
A. Chrisler, K. A. Moore
This Fact Sheet reviews 20 parenting programs that are geared toward enhancing the parent's development and/or educating diadvantaged and teenage mothers on effective parenting methods.
Executive Summary: Expanding Time for Learning Both Inside and Outside the Classroom: A Review of the Evidence Base
Z. Redd, C. Boccanfuso, K. Walker, D. Princiotta, D. Knewstub, K. Moore
The report examines program models that expand learning for children through extended learning days, extended school years, and expanded learning opportunities during out-of-school time hours.
Does Adolescent Depression/Suicidailty Predict Unhealthy Young Adult Romantic Relationship Outcomes?
T. Bandy, M. Terzian,
K. A. Moore
2012 Add Health Users Conference
July 27, 2012
Implementing a Post-Care Service System in Child Welfare: The Catawba County Chlid Well-being Project
Phil Redmond, The Duke Endowment; Rhett Mabry, The Duke Endowment; Heather Ball, Catawba County Social Services; Dawn Wilson, Catawba County Social Services; Beth Brandes, Catawba County Social Services; Allison Metz, National Implementation Research Network; Karin Malm, Child Trends
This brief - the first of three - sets the stage for a series on the Catawba County Child Well-being Project, by describing the Project’s origins and historical context.
Building the Child Well-being Project: Practitioners’ Perspectives on the Role of Implementation Science
Dawn Wilson, Catawba County Social Services; Beth Brandes, Catawba County Social Services; Heather Ball, Catawba County Social Services; Karin Malm, Child Trends
This third brief in a series examines the use of implementation science – scientific methods that promote the uptake of research into routine practice settings – to help bring about systems change.
Improving the Lives of Adolescents and Young Adults: Out-of-School Time Programs That Have Significant Positive Impacts
In this Fact Sheet, Child Trends identifies 43 rigorously evaluated out-of-school time programs for adolescents or young adults that have somewhat to very sizeable and statistically significant positive impacts on select outcome categories.
New Contributions on Emphasizing Evidenced-Based Programs for Children and Youth
K. A. Moore, R. A. Renteria, D. Tyson
OAH and ACYF Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference
March 12, 2012
Let’s Talk About Performance Management
Isaac D. Castillo
Saving Philanthropy Research to Results Workshop
February 14, 2012
Measuring Success & Failure: The Right Amount of Evaluation
Isaac D. Castillo, Marc Schindler
Florida Philanthropic Network annual Summit
February 3, 2012
Rising to the Challenge: The Strategies of Social Service Intermediaries
Lori Delale-O’Connor and Karen E. Walker
This report adds to the growing body of literature on intermediary practice and helps
illuminate the potential value derived from intermediaries’ work. It highlights the primary
challenges intermediaries face as well as the strategies they are using to address
them. In addition, several recommendations are provided for how intermediaries can both
improve and continue their efforts.
Using Data in Multi-Agency Collaborations: Guiding Performance to Ensure Accountability and Improve Programs
K. E. Walker, C. Farley, M. Polin
This report is designed to help collaborating organizations anticipate and address the
most common challenges associated with multi-agency performance management
Disadvantaged Families and Child Outcomes: The Importance of Emotional Support for Mothers
T. Bandy, K. M. Andrews, K. A. Moore
This research brief takes a close look at the link between the emotional support that mothers receive—or do not receive—in raising their children and their children’s development.
What Works for Asthma Education Programs: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Social Programs and Interventions for Children
This fact sheet reviews 17 random assignment intent-to-treat asthma education programs that are geared toward educating children and youth on ways to effectively manage their chronic condition.
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