Investing in What Works Forum, June 10-11, 2013

The Investing in What Works Project is attempting to provide a more comprehensive framework for bridging research and practice related to evidence-based programs for children, youth, and families. During the second phase of this project, American Institutes for Research, contracted by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (contract number HHSP23320095626SWC), has connected with multiple stakeholders, engaged a panel of national experts, and convened a two-day Forum and federal briefings.

The two-day Forum focused on developing a better understanding of three areas:

  1. return on investment;
  2. strategies such as training and technical assistance to support the selection, implementation, and alignment of evidence-based practices; and
  3. approaches to evaluate multiple evidence-based programs taking place in one setting.

Over fifty federal staff, researchers, and private sector representatives attended this event. Eight key themes emerged from this meeting including issues related to capacity, the motivation of partners, funding, evaluating EBPs, aligning training and technical assistance work across grantees, opening venues for regular conversations, return on investment, and practice-based evidence. Videos of the presentations were produced to share with those who were unable to attend. Please note that the contents of these videos do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Three issue briefs were developed to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of future initiatives and federal investments.

Click here to view the presentations from the Forum.

Click here to view the briefs from the Forum.