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April 4, 2016 | Antoinette Davis
Recently, while perusing Facebook, I noticed a somewhat disturbing post: “I have 200 Facebook friends but I wonder how many people actually take the time to read my posts. If you read this post, write one word to describe your feelings for me. If you respond, it means that you are one of the few pe…
March 27, 2016 | NCCD
Registration is now open for the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families in Orange County, California! This year's theme is "Creating Solutions." Join us to learn from and talk with NCCD research and program staff, as well as child welfare, juvenile justice, and adult protection workers, ad…
March 21, 2016 | Angela Fitzgerald
My name is Angela Fitzgerald, and I am a channel flipper. Or at least I was until the introduction of online streaming services. During my channel-flipping days, I appreciated the opportunity to quickly receive different kinds of information with the simple click of a button. If I didn’t like the o…
March 14, 2016 | Julio Marcial, The California Wellness Foundation
When I became a program director at The California Wellness Foundation in 2007, one of the first grants I recommended for funding focused on transforming juvenile justice practices in California. That particular $180,000 grant was made to the Children’s Initiative, which at that time was working on…
March 7, 2016 | Estivaliz Castro
“Community involvement” appears to be the new catchphrase in grant language, programs, research, and program evaluations. Experienced evaluators seem to agree that community involvement is tremendously important when assessing the effects of a program. And yet, engaging with communities requires t…
March 1, 2016 | Sarah Covington
At the heart of all human service agencies lie the goals of providing quality services and improving outcomes for the individuals and families served. However, accomplishing these goals can be challenging in the face of conflicting pressures. These pressures can include government-spending reduction…
February 22, 2016 | Caroline Glesmann
Evaluation is an important part of managing a successful program. Stakeholders—including program directors, community members, and funders—want to know if a particular program is working as expected and making a difference for its intended participants. Two common ways to assess a program are proces…
February 22, 2016 | NCCD
Communities, governments, and social service agencies must address numerous challenges with limited resources. Creating a healthy community is a primary goal for all of these bodies, which means solving complex problems like violence, poverty, abuse, and neglect. These are high-stakes issues with r…
February 17, 2016 | Amanda Silver and Aishatu Yusuf
In 2015, President Obama proposed a $300 million fund designed to incentivize state and local governments to develop social impact bonds. The purpose of the provision was to change the way our government thinks about and allocates funds to social services, saving money while improving outcomes for c…
February 8, 2016 | Antoinette Davis, Andrea Gentile, and Caroline Glesmann
NCCD researchers Antoinette Davis and Caroline Glesmann authored the report “No Place for Youth: Girls in the Adult Justice System,” which will be included as part of the National Institute of Corrections’ (NIC) series of bulletins on gender-responsive strategies in the justice system. In the report…