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Research, Evaluation & Quality Improvement

These documents describe research, evaluation, and using this knowledge to design quality programs and improve participant outcomes.

 

Child and Youth Observation Promising Practices in Program Design
Data Management and Dissemination Quality Improvement
Outcomes Measurement Research and Evaluation Resources
Program Monitoring  

 

Child and Youth Observation

Board on Children, Youth, and Families (BCYF)

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BCYF/index.htm

BCYF is a non-governmental, scientific body within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that convenes top experts from multiple disciplines to analyze the best available evidence on critical issues facing children, youth, and families today.

Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC)
www.dvaeyc.org
The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), serving Southeastern Pennsylvania, is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children, birth through eight, by offering professional development and training to the early childhood community.

Education Alliance
www.alliance.brown.edu
The Education Alliance promotes educational change to provide equitable opportunities for students to succeed. Its capabilities include: research, needs assessment and technical assistance. 

Research for Action 
www.researchforaction.org
Research for Action (RFA) bridges the worlds of research and educational policy and practice. For two decades, RFA's mission has been to conduct rigorous studies – qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods – designed to provide a broad range of educational stakeholders with the information they need to improve student outcomes and strengthen schools and communities.

4researchers.org
www.4researchers.org
4researchers is a searchable multimedia collection of practical, engaging "how-to" information about conducting research in the behavioral sciences and other related fields.

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Data Management and Dissemination

Board on Children, Youth, and Families (BCYF)

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BCYF/index.htm

BCYF is a non-governmental, scientific body within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that convenes top experts from multiple disciplines to analyze the best available evidence on critical issues facing children, youth, and families today.

Branch Associates

www.branchassoc.com/page.asp

Branch Associates, Inc. provides research, evaluation and technical assistance services and supports for nonprofit organizations, foundations, government agencies and private sector organizations. 

Child Trends

www.childtrends.org

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that aims to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media.  

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
www.hfrp.org
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) develops, tests and communicates methods that promote continuous improvement and accountability; promote diversity, program and system complexity, and outcomes measurement and attainment through evaluation practices; expand and strengthen the professional development base of those who work directly with children and families; and provide policymakers, practitioners, and foundations with research and information to guide them as they fund new strategies and strengthen existing initiatives

Mathematica 
www.mathematica-mpr.com
Mathematica provides services in program evaluation, objective policy research and interpretation, sophisticated survey design and data collection, and comprehensive performance measurement and data management. Policy areas include early childhood, education, and family support.

National Center for Charitable Statistics

http://nccs.urban.org/index.cfm

The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. Data is compiled into customizable reports by sector and region and also summarized into briefs.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
http://nces.ed.gov
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

Research for Action 
www.researchforaction.org
Research for Action (RFA) bridges the worlds of research and educational policy and practice. For two decades, RFA's mission has been to conduct rigorous studies – qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods – designed to provide a broad range of educational stakeholders with the information they need to improve student outcomes and strengthen schools and communities.

The Urban Institute
www.urban.org
The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government. Policy areas include Children and Youth, Families and Parenting, and Education.

4researchers.org
www.4researchers.org
4researchers is a searchable multimedia collection of practical, engaging "how-to" information about conducting research in the behavioral sciences and other related fields.

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Outcomes Measurement

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
www.hfrp.org
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) develops, tests and communicates methods that promote continuous improvement and accountability; promote diversity, program and system complexity, and outcomes measurement and attainment through evaluation practices; expand and strengthen the professional development base of those who work directly with children and families; and provide policymakers, practitioners, and foundations with research and information to guide them as they fund new strategies and strengthen existing initiatives.

McClanahan Associates, Inc.
http://mcclanahanassociates.com/ 
McClanahan Associates, Inc is committed to strengthening programs based on flexible, yet rigorous, evaluation practices that help 
organizations and funders achieve their mission of improving people's lives. We work closely with the organizations we partner with--capitalizing on their deep knowledge of the local context, the population they serve, and their own program--and generate information and recommendations for our clients that are understandable, practical, and useful.

Philadelphia Children's Coalition
www.teenzeen.org/philadelphia-pa.html
TeenZeen is being developed by National Children’s Coalition to be a complete resource and activity guide for children and youth in the Greater Philadelphia area, including nearby Pennysylvania and New Jersey suburbs.

Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) 
www.pearweb.org
PEAR is dedicated to making meaningful theoretical and practical contributions to youth development, school reform, and prevention.  PEAR takes a developmental approach to the study of new models of effective afterschool programming, and incorporates educational, health, public policy, and psychological perspectives.

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Program Monitoring

Branch Associates

www.branchassoc.com/page.asp

Branch Associates, Inc. provides research, evaluation and technical assistance services and supports for nonprofit organizations, foundations, government agencies and private sector organizations. 

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
www.hfrp.org
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) develops, tests and communicates methods that promote continuous improvement and accountability; promote diversity, program and system complexity, and outcomes measurement and attainment through evaluation practices; expand and strengthen the professional development base of those who work directly with children and families; and provide policymakers, practitioners, and foundations with research and information to guide them as they fund new strategies and strengthen existing initiatives.

Journal of Youth Development
www.nae4ha.com/pd_jyd.htm
The Journal of Youth Development ~ Bridging Research and Practice focuses on the development of school-aged youth through the transition to adulthood (ages 6-22), and features original research, best practices in youth development programming, innovative research and evaluation methods and strategies, and reviews of resources of interest to youth development researchers and practitioners.

McClanahan Associates, Inc.
http://mcclanahanassociates.com/ 
McClanahan Associates, Inc is committed to strengthening programs based on flexible, yet rigorous, evaluation practices that help 
organizations and funders achieve their mission of improving people's lives. We work closely with the organizations we partner with--capitalizing on their deep knowledge of the local context, the population they serve, and their own program--and generate information and recommendations for our clients that are understandable, practical, and useful.

MDRC
www.mdrc.org 
MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. MDRC designs promising new interventions, evaluates existing programs using the highest research standards, and provides technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale.

Philadelphia Children's Coalition
www.teenzeen.org/philadelphia-pa.html
TeenZeen is being developed by National Children’s Coalition to be a complete resource and activity guide for children and youth in the Greater Philadelphia area, including nearby Pennysylvania and New Jersey suburbs.

Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) 
www.pearweb.org
PEAR is dedicated to making meaningful theoretical and practical contributions to youth development, school reform, and prevention.  PEAR takes a developmental approach to the study of new models of effective afterschool programming, and incorporates educational, health, public policy, and psychological perspectives.

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Promising Practices in Program Design

Child Trends

www.childtrends.org

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that aims to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media.  

Education Alliance
www.alliance.brown.edu
The Education Alliance promotes educational change to provide equitable opportunities for students to succeed. Its capabilities include: research, needs assessment and technical assistance. 

Hauser Institute for Civil Society
www.hks.harvard.edu/hauser
The Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about the leadership of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations through the key goals of research, education, and practice.

Journal of Youth Development

www.nae4ha.com/pd_jyd.htm

The Journal of Youth Development ~ Bridging Research and Practice focuses on the development of school-aged youth through the transition to adulthood (ages 6-22), and features original research, best practices in youth development programming, innovative research and evaluation methods and strategies, and reviews of resources of interest to youth development researchers and practitioners.

MDRC
www.mdrc.org
MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. MDRC designs promising new interventions, evaluates existing programs using the highest research standards, and provides technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale.

Metis Associates
www.metisassoc.com
Metis Associates is a national research and consulting firm experienced in evaluation, information technology, and grant development with a wide range of clients committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, families, and communities.

Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) 
www.pearweb.org
PEAR is dedicated to making meaningful theoretical and practical contributions to youth development, school reform, and prevention.  PEAR takes a developmental approach to the study of new models of effective afterschool programming, and incorporates educational, health, public policy, and psychological perspectives.

Promising Practice in After School (PPAS)
www.afterschool.org 
Promising Practices in Afterschool (PPAS) identifies and shares practices and activities that work in afterschool programs. Join theirlistserv to communicate with your peers, ask questions, and share resources.

The Wallace Foundation
www.wallacefoundation.org
The Wallace Foundation is a grantmaking and resource organization focusing on education and enrichment programs for children, particularly those living in distressed urban areas. They also develop and test promising ideas on the ground, study the results, research related issues – and share what they learn broadly to help improve children’s lives.

4researchers.org
www.4researchers.org
4researchers is a searchable multimedia collection of practical, engaging "how-to" information about conducting research in the behavioral sciences and other related fields.

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Quality Improvement

The Bridgespan Group
www.bridgespan.org 
The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. They collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness, and accelerate learning.

The Centre for Effective Philantropy (CEP)
www.effectivephilanthropy.org
CEP's data and insight help funders achieve the most positive outcomes on issues, fields, communities, and people through their research, assessment tools, and programming and communications. CEP's work spans the toughest challenges facing leaders of grantmaking institutions:assessing performancedeveloping strategy, optimizing governance,funder-grantee relationships, andmanaging operations.

Foundations Inc
www.foundationsinc.org
Foundations Inc. is a national organization which has utilized its own tools, products, and working models to provide technical assistance to clients who cultivate student achievement during school and non-school hours.

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
www.hfrp.org
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) develops, tests and communicates methods that promote continuous improvement and accountability; promote diversity, program and system complexity, and outcomes measurement and attainment through evaluation practices; expand and strengthen the professional development base of those who work directly with children and families; and provide policymakers, practitioners, and foundations with research and information to guide them as they fund new strategies and strengthen existing initiatives.

Journal of Youth Development

www.nae4ha.com/pd_jyd.htm

The Journal of Youth Development ~ Bridging Research and Practice focuses on the development of school-aged youth through the transition to adulthood (ages 6-22), and features original research, best practices in youth development programming, innovative research and evaluation methods and strategies, and reviews of resources of interest to youth development researchers and practitioners.

Mathematica 
www.mathematica-mpr.com
Mathematica provides services in program evaluation, objective policy research and interpretation, sophisticated survey design and data collection, and comprehensive performance measurement and data management. Policy areas include early childhood, education, and family support.

MDRC
www.mdrc.org
MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. MDRC designs promising new interventions, evaluates existing programs using the highest research standards, and provides technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale.

Metis Associates
www.metisassoc.com
Metis Associates is a national research and consulting firm experienced in evaluation, information technology, and grant development with a wide range of clients committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, families, and communities.

Nonprofit Enterprise at Work, Inc. (NEW)
www.new.org
NEW’s mission is to help nonprofits succeed by strengthening nonprofit management and offering solutions to issues facing the nonprofit community.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
www.niost.org
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has successfully brought national attention to the importance of children’s out-of-school time, influenced policy, increased standards and professional recognition, and spearheaded community action aimed at improving the availability, quality, and viability of programs serving children and youth.

North West Regional Educational Library (NWREL)
www.nwrel.org
The North West Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) improves educational results for children, youth, and adults by providing research and development assistance in delivering equitable, high-quality educational programs

Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) 
www.pearweb.org
PEAR is dedicated to making meaningful theoretical and practical contributions to youth development, school reform, and prevention.  PEAR takes a developmental approach to the study of new models of effective afterschool programming, and incorporates educational, health, public policy, and psychological perspectives.

Promising Practice in After School (PPAS)
www.afterschool.org 
Promising Practices in Afterschool (PPAS) identifies and shares practices and activities that work in afterschool programs. Join their listserv to communicate with your peers, ask questions, and share resources.

Research for Better Schools
www.rbs.org
RBS' mission is to help schools and other education organizations to improve student learning, teacher content and pedagogical knowledge, and operational effectiveness. RBS carries out this mission by developing and delivering high quality, useful, and evidence-based services and products.

TCC Group
www.tccgrp.com
TCC Group's mission is to develop strategies and programs that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, philanthropies, and corporate citizenship programs to achieve social impact.

The Wallace Foundation
www.wallacefoundation.org
The Wallace Foundation is a grantmaking and resource organization focusing on education and enrichment programs for children, particularly those living in distressed urban areas. They also develop and test promising ideas on the ground, study the results, research related issues – and share what they learn broadly to help improve children’s lives.

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Research and Evaluation Resources

Academy of Educational Development (AED)
www.aed.org
The Academy of Educational Development (AED) is a nonprofit organization that is committed to solving critical social problems in the areas of health, education, youth development, and the environment in the United States and the world through education, training, social marketing, and policy analysis.

The Bridgespan Group
www.bridgespan.org 
The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. They collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness, and accelerate learning.

Child Trends

www.childtrends.org

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that aims to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media.  

Child Trends’ What Works

www.childtrends.org/what-works

Child Trends’ What Works/LINKS database (LINKS stands for Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully) is a searchable register of over 650 programs that have had at least one randomized, intent-to-treat evaluation to assess child or youth outcomes related to education, life skills, and social/emotional, mental, physical, behavioral, or reproductive health.

Children’s HealthWatch
www.childrenshealthwatch.org
Children's HealthWatch monitors the impact of economic conditions and public policies on the health and well-being of very young children. For more than a decade, Children's HealthWatch has produced original, timely research and analysis linking nutrition, housing, energy, and other policy issues to children’s health and development.

Collective Impact Forum

www.collectiveimpactforum.org

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.

Corporation for National and Commuinity Service
www.nationalserviceresources.gov/category/service-activities/out-school-time
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency committed to helping Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. The umbrella agency for Americorps, Seniorcorps, and other programs, they also have a resource guide for OST activities.

 Creative Research & Evaluations

www.creative-evaluations.com

CR & E conducts evaluations for K-12 educators, universities, and community based programs for youth and adults. They bring together diverse teams of researchers in order to provide evaluation services that can improve your program identify outcomes, and highlight the voices and concerns of participants.

Education Alliance
www.alliance.brown.edu
The Education Alliance promotes educational change to provide equitable opportunities for students to succeed. Its capabilities include: research, needs assessment and technical assistance. 

Foundations Inc
www.foundationsinc.org
Foundations Inc. is a national organization which has utilized its own tools, products, and working models to provide technical assistance to clients who cultivate student achievement during school and non-school hours.

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
www.hfrp.org
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) develops, tests and communicates methods that promote continuous improvement and accountability; promote diversity, program and system complexity, and outcomes measurement and attainment through evaluation practices; expand and strengthen the professional development base of those who work directly with children and families; and provide policymakers, practitioners, and foundations with research and information to guide them as they fund new strategies and strengthen existing initiatives.

Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) 
www.pearweb.org
PEAR is dedicated to making meaningful theoretical and practical contributions to youth development, school reform, and prevention.  PEAR takes a developmental approach to the study of new models of effective afterschool programming, and incorporates educational, health, public policy, and psychological perspectives.

Promising Practice in After School (PPAS)
www.afterschool.org 
Promising Practices in Afterschool (PPAS) identifies and shares practices and activities that work in afterschool programs. Join their listserv to communicate with your peers, ask questions, and share resources.

4researchers.org
www.4researchers.org
4researchers is a searchable multimedia collection of practical, engaging "how-to" information about conducting research in the behavioral sciences and other related fields.

Education Development Center (EDC)
www.edc.org
Education Development Center works to connect research, policy, and practice in the child care field. Collaborating with providers and partners around the globe, EDC seeks to advance learning and healthy development for individuals of all ages.

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
www.hfrp.org
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) develops, tests and communicates methods that promote continuous improvement and accountability; promote diversity, program and system complexity, and outcomes measurement and attainment through evaluation practices; expand and strengthen the professional development base of those who work directly with children and families; and provide policymakers, practitioners, and foundations with research and information to guide them as they fund new strategies and strengthen existing initiatives.

Highscope
www.highscope.org
HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization that works towards a world in which all educational settings use active participatory learning so everyone has a chance to succeed in life and contribute to society.

Institute for the Study of Youth Sports
http://edwp.educ.msu.edu/isys
The mission of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports is to provide leadership, scholarship, and outreach that “transforms” the face of youth sports in ways that maximize the beneficial physical, psychological, and social effects of participation for children and youth while minimizing detrimental effects.

 

Intercultural Development Research Association
www.idra.org 
IDRA is an independent, non-profit organization that is dedicated to assuring educational opportunity for every child.

Journal of Youth Development
www.nae4ha.com/pd_jyd.htm
The Journal of Youth Development ~ Bridging Research and Practice focuses on the development of school-aged youth through the transition to adulthood (ages 6-22), and features original research, best practices in youth development programming, innovative research and evaluation methods and strategies, and reviews of resources of interest to youth development researchers and practitioners.

KIDS Count
www.kidscount.org
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

Learning Point Associates

www.learningpt.org

Learning Point Associates works to improve teaching and boost learning in schools across the country by offering research findings and direct experiences that inform funding, policy and programming decisions.

Mathematica 
www.mathematica-mpr.com
Mathematica provides services in program evaluation, objective policy research and interpretation, sophisticated survey design and data collection, and comprehensive performance measurement and data management. Policy areas include early childhood, education, and family support.

MDRC
www.mdrc.org
MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. MDRC designs promising new interventions, evaluates existing programs using the highest research standards, and provides technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. 

Metis Associates
www.metisassoc.com
Metis Associates is a national research and consulting firm experienced in evaluation, information technology, and grant development with a wide range of clients committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, families, and communities.

National Center for Children in Poverty
nccp.org
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is one of the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
http://nces.ed.gov
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
www.niost.org
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has successfully brought national attention to the importance of children’s out-of-school time, influenced policy, increased standards and professional recognition, and spearheaded community action aimed at improving the availability, quality, and viability of programs serving children and youth.

Nemours Children's Health System
www.nemours.org 
Through family-centered care in children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children.

The Nonprofit Technology Network
www.nten.org
NTEN facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information within the community. They connect their members to each other, provide professional development opportunities, educate their constituency on issues of technology use in nonprofits, and spearhead groundbreaking research, advocacy, and education on technology issues affecting the entire community.

North West Regional Educational Library (NWREL)
www.nwrel.org
The North West Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) improves educational results for children, youth, and adults by providing research and development assistance in delivering equitable, high-quality educational programs.

OMG Center for Collaborative Learning
www.omgcenter.org
OMG assists and assesses change through evaluation, strategic research and planning, and grants management and capacity building support. The multifaceted nature of their work enables them to use a uniquely designed set of services to answer the specific questions of each client.

Philadelphia Education Research Consortium

www.phillyeducationresearch.org

Launched by Research for Action (RFA), the site features original PERC research, as well as news, research, and resources from other consortia and research organizations nationwide. It is an innovative partnership with RFA designed to provide research and analyses on some of the city’s most pressing education issues.

Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) 
www.pearweb.org
PEAR is dedicated to making meaningful theoretical and practical contributions to youth development, school reform, and prevention.  PEAR takes a developmental approach to the study of new models of effective afterschool programming, and incorporates educational, health, public policy, and psychological perspectives.

RAND Corporation
www.rand.org/topics/children-and-families.html 
RAND research on children covers the prenatal period up to age 18 and includes areas such as child health and the role of the family unit, neighborhoods, and communities in influencing child well-being. RAND's family-focused research covers additional topics such as marriage and divorce, senior care, and family finances.

Research for Action 
www.researchforaction.org
Research for Action (RFA) bridges the worlds of research and educational policy and practice. For two decades, RFA's mission has been to conduct rigorous studies – qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods – designed to provide a broad range of educational stakeholders with the information they need to improve student outcomes and strengthen schools and communities.

Research for Better Schools
www.rbs.org
RBS' mission is to help schools and other education organizations to improve student learning, teacher content and pedagogical knowledge, and operational effectiveness. RBS carries out this mission by developing and delivering high quality, useful, and evidence-based services and products.

SEDL
www.sedl.org
SEDL (formerly The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) works with educators, parents, community members, and policymakers to build or find strategies and tools to improve teaching and learning. The SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschoolhelps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality, balanced programs that provide a safe and fun environment for academic enrichment as well as youth development activities. SEDL produces several publications such as SEDL Monthly e-bulletin and SEDL Letter.

TCC Group
www.tccgrp.com
TCC Group's mission is to develop strategies and programs that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, philanthropies, and corporate citizenship programs to achieve social impact.

The Urban Institute
www.urban.org
The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government. Policy areas include Children and Youth, Families and Parenting, and Education.

Vera Institute of Justice
http://www.vera.org/topics/children-youth-and-family
Vera works to promote the well-being and safety of children and youth by making the government systems they are involved in more equitable and humane in policy and practice.

The Wallace Foundation
http://www.wallacefoundation.org 
The Wallace Foundation is a grantmaking and resource organization focusing on education and enrichment programs for children, particularly those living in distressed urban areas. They also develop and test promising ideas on the ground, study the results, research related issues – and share what they learn broadly to help improve children’s lives.

Youth Development Insight Blog
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/extyouth/insight
In this blog, youth development educators offer their views on what is happening in the field of youth development, with an eye to evidence-based research, written by themselves and others in our field. Comments are welcomed.

 

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