• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 20th November, 2009

Let justice roll down like mighty waters!

Improvements in implementation research are making it more possible to connect science to services. Here we collect sample articles on the subject, focusing on the work of US National Implementation Research Network, one of the new storehouses of current expertise and knowledge. Bridges, computer operating systems, irrigation systems – these analogies and more find a place in the new language.

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 17th November, 2009

Federal cash puts PROSPER model on the road

More than $7.9 million for strengthening families and fostering "healthy, positive youth development" across the US has been awarded to research teams at the Universities of Iowa State and Penn State.Much of the support being pumped into Richard Spoth's Iowa Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute (PPSI) is earmarked for the groundwork for a new national network of programs to be delivered us…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Monday 01st February, 2010

Global search begins for missing link

Just about every human services organization in the world recognizes the terminology of evidence-based programs and policies. And in the relatively short period since the concept emerged in the UK a broad consensus has been reached on standards, based on the powerful formulation of randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews of findings pioneered by the Cochrane Collaboration and consolid…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 12th November, 2009

Times for a new science of community change?

The recurring but neglected difficulty of encouraging local providers of children's services to embrace evidence-based programs into their professional culture is given a considered airing in the latest edition of the US Social Policy Report.In a survey of the "complexities, uncertainties and limitations” that bedevil the community implementation of programs, Robert McCall concedes that it shoul…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 05th August, 2010

"We can’t rely on wizards who are half Machiavelli, half saint"

Communities, service designers and practitioners alike are abandoning the over-optimistic notion that hard work and good intentions are enough when it comes to improving child well-being, and they are acknowledging that they need more help.“We cannot march program by program into the better future we seek, and assume we are just ‘a tinker away’ from resolving the problem,” says Lisbeth Sch…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Thursday 04th June, 2009

Time for a new message on family violence?

There are variations on the theme, but most conflict resolution researchers recognize a model that links exposure to family violence in childhood with conduct disorders in adolescence, substance abuse in early adulthood, and violence in later relationships. Outlined by Miriam Ehrensaft at the Society for Prevention Research conference in Washington, last week, these and other links in the chain o…

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