Evidence is only as good as what you do with it

By Mark Lipsey, William T. Grant Foundation

We are living in a time of unprecedented systematic research on the effectiveness of interventions that are intended to produce better outcomes. This level of effort is producing a substantial volume of intervention … Read the rest

Improving implementation research

By Barbara Goodson, William T. Grant Foundation

Over the past two decades, the education research and policy landscape has been shaped by the concept of using evidence to make policies or adopt practices. And not just any type of evidence, … Read the rest

New report lists top evidence-based interventions for youth with autism

Posted by Dave Shaw

A new report based on a review of 29,000 articles identifies the most successful, evidence-based interventions for children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

“More children than ever are being diagnosed with autism,” says Frank … Read the rest

What we talk about when we talk about evidence

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By Jean Rhodes

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”  Ann Landers

The summit is upon us, and many of us will optimistic tagline is “Mentoring … Read the rest

Using Evidence To Do the Most Good, Even When it Reveals an “Inconvenient Truth”

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 7.52.38 PMBy Patrick T. McCarthy (reposted W.T. Grant Foundation)

Our supply of evidence about What Works, though still too small, is beginning to grow. I want to focus here on how we use evidence—how we put it to work … Read the rest

From equal footing to lost ground: How can we achieve stronger effects?

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 9.59.50 AMby Jean Rhodes

In 1979, a young assistant professor named Joe Durlak published a controversial study in Psychological Bulletin that sent ripples through the field of clinical psychology and provided momentum for what eventually became the mentoring movement. What he … Read the rest

Separating the wheat from the chaff in youth mentoring

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Ron Haskins, the co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution recently wrote a New York Times OpEd in which he made a strong … Read the rest

A response to the critique of the Brookings Institute report on mentoring

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by Phillip Levine, Ph.D.

I am grateful for the attention that my analysis has received and I believe there is more common ground here than one might otherwise gauge based on this critique (see below). Much of the critique is Read the rest

From Supermarket Tomatoes to Apples: Aligning growth and quality through evidence

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 1.24.09 PMby Jean Rhodes

In 2006, David DuBois and I wrote a report about the state of mentoring in which we likened aspects of the mentoring movement to supermarket tomatoes. As we argued, … Read the rest