Thursday, August 15, 2013

Reports and Community Resources via Find Youth Info

This is an email that came from the Find Youth Info group, but there are a lot of great resources and ideas within it that was too good not to share....

Reports and Resources
New Report on Prevalence of Teen Dating Violence
A recent study that used data from a national CDC survey found that more than one in three teens had experienced dating violence.
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2013 Short Report
This report discusses the prevalence of mental health and other related challenges among children and youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, as well as trauma-informed SAMHSA programs, services, and initiatives that support their recovery and resilience.
SNAP: Clarification of Policies Barriers Facing Homeless Youth
This document clarifies eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure that homeless youth, and other vulnerable populations, have access to the food they need.
OJJDP Family Listening Sessions: Executive Summary
This report provides a summary of the experiences and recommendations for reform offered during four listening sessions with families and youth with direct experience with the juvenile justice system at local and state levels.
10 Beyond the Point in Time (PIT) Count: Connecting With Youth
This blog entry details how Philadelphia added additional housing-related questions in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to supplement its PIT count of homeless youth.
Bullying and Suicide: A Public Health Approach
This online supplement from the Journal of Adolescent Health reports on the findings of an expert panel convened by the CDC to better understand the link between bullying and suicide-related behaviors.

Did you know?
Did you know that multiple federal agencies have created evidence-based registries or lists that provide information about programs and their effectiveness? Check out the directories and resources offered by the Departments of Education, Health & Human Services, and Justice and learn more about selecting a program that meets your needs.

Hear from the Experts: Investing in What Works Forum

The two-day Investing in What Works Forum focused on developing a better understanding of three areas: (a) return on investment; (b) strategies such as training and technical assistance to support the selection, implementation, and alignment of evidence-based practices; and (c) approaches to evaluate multiple evidence-based programs taking place in one setting. Over fifty federal staff, researchers, and private sector representatives attended this event. Learn more about the Forum and the themes that emerged from the meeting.

Implementing Evidence-Based Programs

More and more, funding sources for youth programs, including federal funding, require implementing evidence-based programs. When implemented with fidelity, evidence-based programs can deliver results and improve outcomes, but implementation can be challenging. View the Implementing Evidence-Based Programs section of the Evidence and Innovation site to learn how to make sense of the many factors and decision points involved in understanding if you are ready to implement an evidence-based program, selecting a program that meets your needs, implementing the program with fidelity, evaluating the program to see if it is working and what might need to be adapted, and identifying and identifying innovative approaches to develop knowledge about ways to improve outcomes for children and youth, particularly in those areas where little research and evidence exists.

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