Meeting Decision Makers’ Needs for Evidence-Based Information on Child and Family Policy

by Jill S. Cannon, M. Rebecca Kilburn

With the growing push toward accountability and the interest in designing programs based on scientific evidence, decisionmakers need to know “what works” in the child policy arena. This need has fueled a proliferation of “best practices” projects, one of which is the RAND-operated Promising Practices Network (PPN) on Children, Families and Communities. Through its Web site and email communications, PPN provides high-quality objective evidence about what improves outcomes for children and families, with an emphasis on serving policymakers and providers.

Reprinted with permission from Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Copyright © 2003 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Originally published in: Journal of Policy Analysis and Managment, Vol. 22, No. 4, Fall 2003, pp. 665-669.

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