Evidence2Success provides a framework for engaging communities and public systems in improving child well-being. It helps identify problems and solutions proven to work. Evidence2Success tools include:

  • The Evidence2Success Youth Experience Survey: The survey provides public agencies and communities with a “big picture” look at how kids are doing and the strengths and challenges that influence their development. Survey results describe the links between risks, protective factors and well-being and highlight areas in which public agencies and communities should focus their program investments.
  • Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development: Blueprints makes it easy to match children’s strengths and needs to cost-effective, evidence-based programs designed to help.
  • Public financing strategies: Cities and states can use these strategies to map current program investments and generate or secure sustainable sources of funding for new effective programs.

The Casey Foundation partnered with the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet (CYC) to formally launch Evidence2Success in July 2012. In September 2013, more than 55 CYC and community members came together to set priorities for kids’ healthy development: helping young people regulate their emotions and reducing anxiety and depression, chronic absenteeism and delinquency. Decisions were based on survey results from nearly 6,000 middle and high school students in the Providence Public School District.

Through testing and evaluation, Evidence2Success aims to demonstrate that cities can improve young people’s well-being at the community level by investing in evidence-based programs:

  • Form partnerships that engage elected officials, public agencies and the community in working together to improve child well-being.
  • Collect and analyze data to establish priorities based on kids’ strengths and needs.
  • Select evidence-based programs that focus on prevention and early intervention, instead of waiting until after problems occur to intervene.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of current investments and shift a percentage of funding toward evidence-based programs.

Casey also provides coaching and technical assistance to help city and state agencies build their capacity to target their investments to support the staffing, training and data analysis required to effectively deliver evidence-based programs.

Learn how Evidence2Success is building on what works to improve children’s health and development.

Federal initiatives and funding opportunities have increased the number of proven preventive interventions, and methods for disseminating these practices show promise.

Evidence2Success builds on the work of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a range of partners dedicated to researching, developing, testing and communicating what works to improve outcomes for children. Partners include:

The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) is an internationally recognized team of researchers dedicated to promoting healthy behaviors and positive social development among young people. Much of SDRG’s work is based on their pioneering Social Development Model, which led to the development and testing of Communities That Care (CTC), a coalition-based system proven to prevent adolescent problem behaviors such as violence, delinquency and substance abuse.

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado Boulder was founded in 1992 to build bridges between the research community and the practitioners and policy makers seeking to understand and prevent violence, particularly adolescent violence. The CSPV Blueprints for Violence Prevention website identifies violence and drug prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard of effectiveness. 

Mainspring Consulting helps policymakers, state and community leaders and foundation officers to strengthen and grow their work. To support the design of effective programs and initiatives for children, families and communities, Mainspring advises clients on what works, helps them develop a theory of change and develops training and technical assistance strategies to meet identified needs.

Social Research Unit at Dartington (SRU) is an independent charitable organization dedicated to conducting research and translating evidence into policy and practice to improve outcomes for children. Based in the United Kingdom, SRU conducts research to establish the potential causes of problems that affect children’s development and to test the value of children’s services. SRU also disseminates high quality evidence about what works, for which children, why and at what cost.

From the Blog

Federal Grant to Build on Evidence2Success in Providence

A five-year, $1.8 million grant was recently awarded to the Providence Children & Youth Cabinet for the Building Trauma Sensitive Schools initiative, which will seek to decrease post-traumatic stress disorder among middle-school students in neighborhoods with elevated levels of trauma. By the end of the grant period, the initiative will have served more than 3,000 adolescents. 

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