Indicator List for Youth Development

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Child Trends brings a multi-disciplinary perspective to its studies of adolescents and young adults and the programs that serve them.  We conduct national and local evaluations of after-school and prevention programs. These evaluations include not only impact evaluations to examine whether programs are effective but also implementation evaluations to examine how they work—and how they might be improved through changes at the program, organizational and systems level.  We work with programs and funders to ensure that programs are ready for evaluation by helping develop logic models, conduct needs assessments, and develop and refine their performance management capacities.  A critical part of our work is research to understand and measure adolescent and young adult well-being for national studies and evaluations.

We also compile evaluations by researchers from around the world and synthesize these studies to identify effective (and ineffective) programs and practices. The information is widely disseminated in clear language via research briefs, policy briefings, webinars and through technical assistance to practitioners and local communities.

Indicator List for Youth Development

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Distracted Driving

Distracted driving poses a serious and potentially deadly risk to young people.  In 2009, 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.  Among all drivers, inattention is the leading factor in most crashes and near-crashes.

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Drunk Driving

Between 1991 and 2013, the percentage of high school students who report riding in a car with someone who had been drinking alcohol has fallen by nearly half, from 40 to 22 percent.