Bipartisan Support for Evidence-Based Policymaking

Keynote Address: Brian Deese on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Lord Gus O'Donnell: evidence-based policymaking

A Growing Culture of Evidence in Federal Government

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

July 28, 2014


This white paper was written to guide leaders across all branches of government; juvenile justice system administrators, managers, and front-line staff; and researchers, advocates, and other stakeholders on how to better leverage existing research and resources to facilitate system improvements that reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The focus of the white paper is to promote what works to support successful reentry for youth who are under juvenile justice system supervision. To help advance this goal, this white paper does the following:

  • Part One distills and synthesizes the research on what works to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system into four core principles. The discussion of each principle includes the latest research supporting the importance of the principle accompanied by specific policy, practice, and resource-allocation recommendations, which when taken together, offers the potential for significant recidivism reductions and improvements in other youth outcomes. It also provides examples illustrating how state and local juvenile justice officials have established particular policies and system interventions to implement these principles.

  • Recognizing that improved outcomes are possible only when research on what works is implemented with fidelity, Part Two details lessons learned from research and practice on how to implement the principles effectively, and provides examples of how state and local juvenile justice systems have operationalized the principles in practice.


To read the full white paper, click here

A State Agency–University Partnership for Translational Research and the Dissemination of Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention

Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

July 2012, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 268-277

Date: 08 Sep 2011


Brian K. Bumbarger, Elizabeth Morey Campbell


This article describes a decade-long partnership between the Prevention Research Center at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. This partnership has evolved into a multi-agency initiative supporting the implementation of nearly 200 replications of evidence-based prevention and intervention programs, and a series of studies indicating a significant and sustained impact on youth outcomes and more efficient utilization of system resources. We describe how the collaboration has developed into a sophisticated prevention support infrastructure, discuss the partnership and policy lessons learned throughout this journey, and identify remaining issues in promoting this type of research–policy partnership.


How Public Policy Can Support Collective Impact


In collaboration with The Forum for Youth Investment & FSG


The Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, is a resource for people and organizations using the collective impact approach to address large‐scale social and environmental problems. We aim to increase the effectiveness and adoption of collective impact by providing practitioners with access to the tools, training opportunities, and peer networks they need to be successful in their work. The Collective Impact Forum includes communities of practice, in‐person convenings, and an online community and resource center launched in early 2014.

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Introduction: Approximately 15 percent of Americans live in poverty.  Over 49 million Americans live in households that experience hunger at some point in the year.  Scores on reading achievement for 17 year olds have not improved since 1971.  More than 30 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese, accounting for at least 10 percent of the national health care budget.  Almost 75 percent of ex-offenders will be arrested within five years of release from prison.  The number of gangs has increased by 15 percent since 2006.  Nearly one in nine people living in the United States are veterans, and up to 40 percent of those veterans struggle with post‐traumatic stress disorder, impacting employment, family, and community relationships.




A Bipartisan Push for Evidence-Based Decisions; December 7, 2014

E.J. Dionne Jr.


And so let us pause at the beachhead established after the midterm elections by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. They have co-sponsored a bill that's unlikely to get a lot of attention but deserves some -- not because it will revolutionize politics but because it could, and should, encourage both sides to begin their arguments by asking the right questions.


The Murray-Ryan bill would create a 15-member commission to study, as they put it in a joint announcement, "how best to expand the use of data to evaluate the effectiveness of federal programs and tax expenditures." The commission would also look into "how best to protect the privacy rights of people who interact with federal agencies and ensure confidentiality."


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