October 2015

October 2015


Capitol Hill Forum – How Research Evidence Informs Foster Youth Medication Policies (Friday, November 20, 2015)


Capitol Hill Forum – How Research Evidence Informs Foster Youth Medication Policies (Friday, November 20, 2015, 11:30PM-1:30PM)

This forum, based on research by Laurel Leslie, PhD, and Thomas Mackie, PhD, will focus on how mid-level policymakers in state child welfare agencies acquire, interpret, and use research evidence to develop policies regarding the use of medications for youth in foster care with the goal of improving their life and health outcomes.  Responding to the dramatic increase in the use of these medications in recent years, the federal government mandated that all child welfare agencies develop plans to review and manage behavioral health services for youth. Presenters at this forum will explore various state and local responses to the federal charge – particularly in New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families.

Presenters include: Laurel K. Leslie, M.D., MPH, Vice President of Research, American Board of Pediatrics; Thomas Mackie, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems and Policy at Rutgers School of Public Health; Christopher Bellonci, M.D., Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Debra Lancaster, Director, Office of Strategic Development, New Jersey Department of Children and Families


Discussion Group Resources Beyond the Bell Leadership Briefing (Milwaukee, WI)

This event was convened for funders, policy makers, and youth serving agency leaders to explore local and national efforts to improve youth access to quality afterschool programs and services.

Examining Strategies to Improve the Use of Research Evidence in Child Welfare

This forum explored how state and local leaders grapple with this challenge and shares recent research, funded by the W. T. Grant Foundation, on how research evidence is used to inform policy and practice decisions in the child welfare field.

The Intersection Of Afterschool And Competency-Based Education

In looking at the intersection of afterschool and CBE, this discussion aimed to provide clarity on what we know, what we need to explore further, and what role policy plays.

Forum For Thought Blog The Forum for Thought blog is operated by the American Youth Policy Forum, and highlights diverse points of view and information from the intersection of policy, practice and research.

  • How can trust and communication help intermediaries bridge research and policy? Executive Director Betsy Brand explains.
  • Guest blogger Jen Rinehart from Afterschool Alliance illustrates how afterschool programs can help close the opportunity gap.
  • How can competency-based learning and afterschool programs best complement each other? Our own Jennifer Brown Lerner and Jenna Tomasello explain how these two models can combine their strengths to help prepare students for college and career.

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Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

Achieve How the States Got Their Rates Achieve analyzed the 93 diploma options available across all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the class of 2014. The analysis looked at how many diplomas a state offered, whether a state offered a diploma that met college- and career-ready (CCR) expectations in English language arts (ELA)/literacy and mathematics course requirements, assessment requirements associated with earning a diploma, and if or how student outcomes were reported by diploma type.

Education Commission of the States Aligning K-12 and Postsecondary Career Pathways with Workforce Needs This report examines the policy efforts in 13 states to improve alignment between high school and postsecondary career/technical education (CTE) programs and workforce needs. A chart allows for an easy way to compare and contrast approaches to policymaking activity from the 13 highlighted states.

America’s Promise Alliance/Gradnation Don’t Quit on Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships This report examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving and returning to high school. Building on previous
studies, including last year¹s Don¹t Call Them Dropouts this report offers new insights about how support from adults and peers can help to close the remaining gaps between those who graduate from high school on time and those who don¹t.”

Institute for Higher Education Policy Ensuring College Readiness and Academic System Alignment for All Students This interactive guidebook includes interviews with community leaders about their partnership engagement practices and results, as well as templates, tools and additional resources to implement the strategies along The Pathway to College.

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels.

AYPF events and publications are made possible by a consortium of philanthropic foundations: Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationWilliam T. Grant FoundationThe Wallace FoundationCharles Stewart Mott FoundationWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation and others.