The Evidence-Based Policy and Practice Initiative creates proactive strategies for policymakers to harness evidence to ensure all young people are ready for college, work and life.
The Evidence-Based Policy and Practice Initiative seeks to inform policymakers of how they can use evidence to improve equity and outcomes for all children, youth and their families.
Building on our existing work to help policymakers and practitioners use evidence for improvement, integrate multiple types of evidence into decision-making processes, and elevate evaluation, the Forum has an emerging equity and evidence body of work. This work applies an equity lens to the processes that underlie how evidence gets generated and used. Specifically, it identifies and promotes tools and leading practices that promote equity in:
These are big questions with complex implications. So what does success look like?
We believe that, within the Forum’s mission, equity and evidence work will be complete when both policy and practice incentivize the production of evidence for, by, and about all populations in ways that empower all stakeholders to use evidence to change the odds so that all young people are ready for college, work and life by age 21. Importantly, we recognize that this vision can only be realized by prioritizing the perspectives, lived experiences, leadership, and participation of historically marginalized communities and stakeholders.
Vice President, Policy Advocacy