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March 04, 2010

Research To Practice Seminar Series: “The Data Difference – Using Evaluation Research to Inform Policy and Practice in Early Childhood” - March 4th, 2010


The inaugural Research To Practice Seminar Series titled, “The Data Difference – Using Evaluation Research to Inform Policy and Practice in Early Childhood” - was held on March 4th, 2010 at the Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations Co-Sponsored by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Office of Research & Training, the MSASS Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, & the Schubert Center for Child Studies.

The Panelists were:
Claudia Coulton, Ph.D., Lillian Harris Professor and Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Rob Fischer, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor and Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Rebekah Dorman, Ph.D., Director, Office of Early Childhood/Invest in Children, Cuyahoga County

Robert Staib, MSSA, Associate Director, Office of Early hildhood/Invest in Children, Cuyahoga County

Data can make a major difference in the framing and delivery of human service programming. Often, however, there is a disjointed relationship between researchers and the policy and practice arena. A decade of research on early childhood in Cuyahoga County serves as a powerful example of how data can be integrated into the decision making needs of funders and program operators. This study of the County’s early childhood programming through Invest in Children, demonstrates that research can be a key asset in program planning and development but that this relationship is one of negotiation and must be based on a fundamental trust. The session will describe how research has been influential in monitoring and enhancing early childhood services in Cuyahoga County, and how the strategies utilized can be translated to other settings and programs. This seminar would be of interest to practitioners working in the early childhood arena as well as individuals working on policy issues related to children.

The slides from this presentation can be obtained here: Download file

The ten year recap on the value of using research to inform the Invest In Children, Early Childhood Initiative tilted, "Inform, Influence, Impact: The Role of Research in Supporting a Community's Commitment to its Children," was released in November 2009, and can be downloaded here.