Evidence Corner

Programs that help teens and young adults succeed

Programs that help teens and young adults succeed

Editor’s note: In recent days, YouthBuild has been getting some very nice press. The “second chance” program, which is based in Boston, has over 250 programs across nearly 46 states serving older adolescents and young adults across the country. In this piece, Professor David Kirp describes YouthBuild and other programs that are making a difference.  […]

Professor Connie Flanagan: Discussing politics contributes to positive youth development.

Professor Connie Flanagan: Discussing politics contributes to positive youth development.

Editor’s note: We are delighted to have a guest commentary Professor Connie Flanagan. Professor Flannagan of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is the author of the excellent new book, Teenage Citizens: The Political Theories of the Young (Harvard University Press).We asked her whether mentors and mentees should ever discuss politics.  It is very appropriate for mentors […]

What is the scientific method?
By January 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

What is the scientific method?

The term “scientific method” refers to certain guidelines that ensure that research is not shaped by personal beliefs and is grounded in measurable (empirical) evidence. The techniques used in the scientific method consist of measurement, such as surveys, experiments, or systematic observation. The following are the three steps in the scientific method: Step One: Hypothesis The first step in […]

What Might Evidence-based Policy 2.0 Look Like?
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What Might Evidence-based Policy 2.0 Look Like?

By Vivian Tseng I’ve been reading about the evolution of the internet lately, and it has me thinking about what the next generation of evidence-based policy might look like. *** Like others, my holiday shopping experience has been transformed. Back in the day, I had to fight my way through crowded stores and dig through […]

Want to Get Research Used? Here’s Five Tips
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Want to Get Research Used? Here’s Five Tips

By Vivian Tseng Researchers often ask how they can get their research used. Many of us have devoted our careers to research because we think research can and should make a difference in the world. And yet, we struggle with making those aspirations a reality. In this blog, I offer lessons my colleagues and I […]

Strengthening Adult Capacities to Improve Child Outcomes

Strengthening Adult Capacities to Improve Child Outcomes

by Jack P. Shonkoff, Harvard University, From SpotlightonPoverty.org Achieving sustained prosperity in any society depends on building a strong foundation in all children in order to help them fulfill many roles: successful learners, healthy and productive workers, contributing members of their community, and effective parents of the next generation. Early childhood policies and programs contribute to […]

Do mentoring pairs tend to meet less as their matches progress? : Evidence from an Irish study

Do mentoring pairs tend to meet less as their matches progress? : Evidence from an Irish study

by Bernadine Brady & Pat Dolan  Editors Note: We are delighted to include the perspectives of our colleagues in Ireland, Bernadine Brady and Pat Dolan. As they note, relationships tend to meet less frequently as time goes on. They pose an interesting question–which and ask for your perspective–what should programs’ response be to this trend?  […]

What’s the Difference? Group comparisons made easy
By October 31, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

What’s the Difference? Group comparisons made easy

By Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Are there differences in outcomes between youth who are mentored versus those who are not? What about youth who are in a group mentoring intervention versus those in one-on-one mentoring intervention? Do the mentored youth from single-parent homes benefit more from a particular program than those who are in two-parent homes. […]

What is Your Evidence-Based Mentoring IQ?  The Winner is…
By September 4, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

What is Your Evidence-Based Mentoring IQ? The Winner is…

by David DuBois I apologize for the delay in following up on my “evidence-based mentoring IQ” posting from May. I appreciate the time (and courage!) of all who took the time to try their hand at the quiz. The winner of the free copy of the new Handbook of Youth Mentoring (2nd edition) is F. […]

What is peer review and why do we need it?

What is peer review and why do we need it?

By Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Peer review refers to a process used for evaluating published academic work, grant proposals, etc. You may think of this process as similar to that of a teacher looking over their students’ work, except that, instead of teachers and students, it is expert colleagues. Who are the peers? The peers in […]