Cover: Using Evidence to Strengthen Policies for Investing in Children

Using Evidence to Strengthen Policies for Investing in Children

Published Feb 22, 2016

by M. Rebecca Kilburn, Teryn Mattox

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This evidence guide provides a starting point for policymakers who seek more information on how to use evidence to strengthen policies for investing in children. The guide will familiarize users with the basics of some approaches to using evidence to inform policies related to children including conducting needs assessments, selecting practices that have shown promise in previous implementation, developing a logic model to help plan a practice and determine if it has achieved its objectives, and conducting or overseeing various types of evaluation including theory-based evaluations and counterfactual impact evaluations. The guide contains original material and also points users to existing useful material that is available for free on the Internet. The primary audience for this guide is policymakers or others who make decisions related to implementing the Recommendation or other investments in children. This guide provides an overview of ways of using evidence that would best strengthen these decisions and points' users to additional resources if they want more detailed information.

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