Youth Policy News - August 2016

August edition of Youth Policy News 

Youth Policy NEWS


Highlights innovative youth-focused policy work at the local, state and federal levels.

Developing a Proposal for Round Three Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) 
Webinar Date and Time: Monday, Sept. 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Frustrated by federal policy barriers preventing you from providing coordinated services and supports for disconnected youth? Do you have an innovative idea that will improve outcomes for disconnected youth? 
P3 will give selected local, tribal and state agencies the opportunity to enter into an agreement with the federal government that will grant broad flexibility in how the site uses discretionary federal funds to implement evidence-informed practices while committing to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth. P3 applicants can request to (1) blend their existing federal discretionary funds and (2) receive flexibility from specific federal program requirements. The round three proposals are due October 31.
Join the Forum for Youth Investment's policy team as we walk through the specific components of the Round Three P3 application and share resources that will help you develop a quality proposal. Register here
DOE Announces 
Pay for Success Grant Competition for PreschoolDOE
The deadline for submitting an intent to apply notice is September 12, 2016. Applications are due October 6, 2016.

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the availability of $2.8 million fora Preschool Pay for Success grant competition for state, local and tribal governments interested in exploring the feasibility of Pay for Success to expand and improve early learning.
The grant program supports initiatives which are based on evidence; focus on outcomes; and improve early, elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, while generating savings for taxpayers. A broad range of measures designed to demonstrate improved student outcomes will be identified including: 
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Later improved social and emotional skills
  • Improved executive functioning
  • Reduction in grade retention and in the need for later special education
  • Reduction in discipline referrals, and interactions with law enforcement
  • Increases in high school graduation.
The pilot is funded through the FY16 Preschool Development Grant program, which is jointly administered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There will be between 7 and 14 grantees, with awards ranging from $200,000 to $400,000.
The Notice Inviting Applications for the pilot is available in the Federal Register. Grants will be awarded before Dec. 31, 2016. 
Using Linked Data to Advance Evidence-Based PolicymakingAdminData
Submissions are due 11:59 p.m. Central Time on September 20, 2016.
Lack of access to key data sets that can reliably measure important outcomes for program participants is a major problem for policymakers, researchers, evaluators, and program managers. To address this problem, the U.S. Census Bureau and Chapin Hall, with the support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, have formed a partnership to demonstrate innovative strategies for linking data across programs and levels of government to advance evidence-based policymaking, while protecting individual privacy.
This RFP,  

 , is soliciting research and evaluation pilot studies to maximize the capacity of linked administrative data to provide policy-relevant insights on Federal programs using Census Bureau data.  

In addition to full proposals, Chapin Hall also invites letters of interest for future projects-these are intended to gauge the demand from researchers for linking to Federal data and to create compelling use cases for strengthening data linkage capacity. Projects that do not have a pilot ready for implementation, but have a compelling idea for how data linkage capacity could help answer important policy questions are encouraged to submit a Letter of Interest or partner with another organization to do so.
Please contact Leah Gjertson at or visit Chapin Hall's website through the link above if you have any questions.  You can also listen to the recording from an informational webinar hosted on August 15th here
Oakland Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority Supports Public AlignmentOakland
The gap between high income and low income children and families is widening at an unprecedented rate.  Social disparities are tied not only to income, but are also characterized by the gulf in life expectancy, education outcomes, health outcomes and neighborhood conditions. The Oakland Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority (YVJPA) was created to combine and coordinate efforts to secure and leverage resources to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and youth.

The needs of disadvantaged children and youth are complex and do not fall within any one jurisdiction, and no one jurisdiction can meet all of their needs. Joint Powers Authorities are legal structures created to facilitate public sector alignment across departmental units. This type of alignment is especially important since a variety of local governmental institutions, counties, cities, school districts and courts are responsible for administering a wide range of programming and support services for children and their families. 

In establishing the YVJPA, Oakland capitalized on the unprecedented alignment between the current mayor, county leadership, and district administrators' goals for investing in the success of Oakland's children and youth. Community engagement is a central strategy of the YVJPA.

Oakland's YVJPA was created to address systemic disparities in the areas of health, wealth generation, and education for children, youth and their families.The Oakland YVJPA focuses on addressing systemic disparities in health, wealth generation, and education for children, youth and their families. Guided by these focal areas, the YVJPA has developed action priorities in each area. These priorities include: savings from college to birth, meaningful youth employment, early childhood screening, school-based health care access, trauma-informed services, third grade literacy, high school career pathways, and college completion.

For more information on the Oakland YVJPA can be found here
Kansas Children's Cabinet Maps Protective and Risk Factors for School ReadinessKansas
All children should enter school ready to learn. The building blocks of healthy development, strong families, and early learning are critical to all children being ready for school at Kindergarten. To help communities assess how well they are doing in ensuring this important developmental goal for all children, the Kansas Children's Cabinet and Trust Fund developed an online resource consisting of maps and fact sheets that provide a snapshot of the risks and protective factors for school readiness in Kansas.

The website also provides county-level data, backed by the research evidence in several key areas that make a difference for school readiness. Such data is essential for promoting evidence use among policy makers and planning bodies. 



Publishing Date: 
August 31, 2016