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From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Children and Youth by HFRP's Founder & Director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.

Theory & Practice

Reflections on Evaluating Strength-Based Approaches to Youth Development

Dale Blyth, Director of the Center for 4-H Youth Development, discusses evaluating strength-based approaches to youth development, which focus on developing desired traits in youth.

Promising Practices

Youth Empowerment Evaluation

Kristen Zimmerman and Nancy Erbstein, Co-Directors of Community LORE, reveal how their organization promotes and supports youth participation in research, evaluation, and planning.

Promising Practices

The Juvenile Justice Evaluation Project

Revery Barnes and Kaira Espinoza of Rising Youth for Social Equity share the results of their youth-run organization serving as the youth evaluation team on a project to reform San Francisco’s juvenile justice system.

Questions & Answers

Interview With Karen Pittman

Karen Pittman, Senior Vice President of the International Youth Foundation, spoke about the challenges to evaluating youth development programs, issues with promoting policy changes and scale-up, and other countries’ experiences with youth development programming.

Beyond Basic Training

Upcoming Evaluation Conferences

Harvard Family Research Project describes a couple of upcoming evaluation conferences.

Evaluations to Watch

Building Local Capacity for Evaluation: The Michigan Abstinence Partnership Evaluation

Stacy Constantineau Meade of Michigan Public Health Institute writes about the increasingly important role of evaluation in enabling communities to promote and sustain change.


New Strategies in Foundation Grantmaking for Children and Youth

Heather Weiss and M. Elena Lopez of Harvard Family Research Project reveal the results of their W. K. Kellogg Foundation commission to examine trends in foundation grantmaking for children and youth.

New & Noteworthy

The New and Noteworthy section features an annotated list of papers, organizations, initiatives, and other resources related to the issue's theme of Children and Youth.

Electronic Mailbox

The Electronic Mailbox section features a list of useful resources on the Internet relating to the issue's theme of Children and Youth.

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