Web resources: Research to practice

ACER - Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
Australian Council for Education Research provides education policy analysis (including economic and financial modelling) and policy advice.

Action Research Resources
Entry point to Southern Cross University's action research site and includes a link to Areol, an 'action research and evaluation on line' introductory course offered by email each semester.

American Evaluation Association (AEA)
The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation.

ARACY Early Years Chapter (EYC)
The Early Years Chapter (EYC) encourages collaborative partnerships between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working in professional organisations, government and non-government agencies to advocate for the importance of early childhood, in order to improve the well-being of Australian children.

The EYC was established in 2011 to replace the ARACY Early Years Learning and Development Network (EYLDN) and National Investment for the Early Years (NIFTeY).

Australasian Evaluation Society (AES)
The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) is a professional organisation for people involved in evaluation.

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
A non-profit organisation that seeks to bring about better futures for Australia's children and young people. ARACY promotes and supports collaborations between researchers, policy-makers and practitioner. The organisation has a strong focus upon utilizing research to inform policy, practice and behavior change.

California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Children Welfare (CEBC)
Provides information about selected "child welfare related" programs. One feature of the CEBC is its list of Screening and Assessment tools which provides information about assessment tools, such as the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ).

Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) - Royal Children's Hospital
The CCCH conducts research into early childhood development and behavior. The Centre has a specific focus upon supporting and strengthening community based professionals and organisations working with families and children and produces a range of accessible, evidence-based resources for those audiences including a regular series of policy briefs. The Centre produces a regular series of Policy Briefs; concise summaries of issues of relevance to early childhood. They also provide access to Practice Resources (link is external) that outline practical strategies for professionals who work with young children and their families on topics such as breastfeeding and eating behaviour.

Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (UK) - The London School of Economics and Political Science
The focus of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) is on exploration of different dimensions of social disadvantage, particularly from longitudinal and neighbourhood perspectives, and examination of the impact of public policy. The Centre conducts specific research projects and publishes a series of discussion papers, CASEpapers, and a series of CASEbriefs, which summarise the research.

Centre for Program Evaluation (CPE) - University of Melbourne
The Centre for Program Evaluation (CPE) is an evaluation and research centre located within the Faculty of Education at The University of Melbourne, Australia. The CPE undertakes research and commissioned program evaluations on a consultancy basis across a wide range of policy areas.

Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (Scotland)
The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships produces high quality, collaborative and inclusive research relating to families and relationships. The Centre's research briefing series presents the findings of research in a brief, accessible format on topics such as young fathers and their experience of forming families, the work life balance and understanding social and health inequalities.

Centre on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
Promotes the importance of social and emotional development for children aged 0-5. CSEFEL provides access to information on research and evidence-based practices that can be used by practitioners working in the field of early childhood to support young children's social and emotional development.

Children in Scotland
The national agency for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with children and their families in Scotland.

Child Trends
Child Trends improves the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing the resulting knowledge with practitioners and policymakers.

Commissioning Toolkit (Effective Parenting Intervention Programs)
The programs listed on this site have been evaluated by an independent team of researchers from the National Academy of Parenting Research at King’s College London against standards for best practice in the field of parenting work.

Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative (ECAP)
The Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative is home to a number of projects that focus on educating and raising young children. ECAP hosts research, technical assistance, and service projects.

Evaluation Resource Centre
The Evaluation Resource Centre has been developed by The Computing Education Research Group Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University and has been designed for the teacher and lecturer who is not an expert in evaluating educational activities and who wants a readily accessible set of resources.

Evaluation Support Scotland
Evaluation Support Scotland helps voluntary sector organisations monitor performance, evaluate and learn in order to develop capacity and improve public services in Scotland.

Families Commission (New Zealand)
The Families Commission is an advocate for the interests of New Zealand families, promoting the interests of all families and a better understanding of family issues and needs. The Commission conducts research on parenting, positive family functioning, family economics and family form/demography.

Family Action Centre
A self-funded organisation based at the University of Newcastle that views families as the foundation of healthy communities. The Centre strengthens families and communities by developing and implementing programs, undertaking research and training and creating models of practice. Fathers and fathering is a specific research focus of the Family Action Centre.

Family and Childcare Trust (UK)
Family and Childcare Trust (Formerly The Family and Parenting Institute) to make the UK a better place for families, through research, campaigning and information provision, and working with government, employers and parents to reduce pressures on family life.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (UK)
One of the largest social policy research and development charities in the UK that seeks to better understand the causes of social difficulties and explore ways of overcoming them.

Longitudinal qualitative research approaches in evaluation studies (UK) (PDF 132 KB)
A study carried out on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions by Donna Molloy and Kandy Woodfield; with Jo Bacon.

MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect the poor.  MDRC is best known for mounting large-scale demonstrations and evaluations of real-world policies and programs targeted to low-income people. On this site you'll find a range of reports, video presentations and fact sheets relating to families and children, work, education and welfare.

National collaboration for families - Family Strengthening Policy Centre
Aims to make family strengthening a priority by mainstreaming neighborhood-based, family-centered practices, programs and policy. The Center's objective is to promote family policy that contributes to family economic and social empowerment. The site includes publications (Policy Briefs, newsletter) and case studies of family strengthening programs in practice, as well as links to a range of family-related resources.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers.

Population Health (Canada)
Population Health, a Public Health Agency of Canada initiative, is an approach to health that aims to improve the health of the entire population and to reduce health inequities among population groups.

Prevention Action (UK)
An online news publication that reports upon innovation and effectiveness in programs that seek to improve children?s health and development. Prevention Action reports upon the findings from relevant international research and evaluation projects in a concise, easy-to-read format.

Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS)
This website has a number of products and services to help researchers with funding, conducting research and evaluation, collaborating, and disseminating.

Program Evaluation : Synthesis of lessons learned by child neglect demonstration projects (PDF 264 KB)
In 1996 and 1997 the United States' Children's Bureau funded 10 demonstration projects addressing the prevention, intervention and treatment needs of neglected children and their families. This synthesis summarises the challenges, strategies and lessons learned in relation to the program evaluations conducted by the projects. It includes the evaluation design and methodology used by the projects

Program Evaluation – Wikipedia
A collection of links to international  professional evaluation associations.

Research in Practice: Supporting evidence informed practice with children and families (UK)
Research in Practice is a research implementation project that promotes positive outcomes for children and young people through the use of research evidence.

Research to Practice Program (NSW Department of Community Services)
A NSW Department of Community Services initiative that encourages the active use of research within the Department. The program provides regular updates on national and international research of relevance to policy-makers and practitioners whose work concerns vulnerable children and families.

Service delivery and evaluation design options for strengthening and promoting healthy marriages: investigation of programs to strengthen and support healthy marriages
This report highlights key components of current marriage education programs, identifies opportunities and challenges for expanding services into other service delivery systems, and provides recommendations for evaluations of healthy marriage programs.

SFP for Parents and Youth 10-14 Program Evaluation - Washington State University
The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 Years provides parent, youth and family education. Examples of evaluation forms that can be adapted for use are provided.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (UK)
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) was established by the UK Government in 2001 to improve social care services for adults and children in the United Kingdom. We achieve this by identifying good practice and helping to embed it in everyday social care provision. Resources, publications, e-learning tools and practice guides all available.

Social Programs that Work (US)
This site seeks to identify those social interventions shown in rigorous studies to produce sizable, sustained benefits to participants and/or society. It includes social interventions relating to early childhood, education and youth development.

Telethon Kids Institute
The Telethon Kids Institute (formerly know as the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research) is a multidisciplinary research centre in Subiaco, WA. It has more than 500 staff, post-graduate students and visiting scholars, working collaboratively to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families. The Institute's priority in every area is on prevention – of disease, disability and disadvantage. The Institute is an independent not-for-profit, non-government organisation.

The Evaluation Exchange
Harvard Family Research Project's evaluation periodical, The Evaluation Exchange, addresses current issues facing program evaluators of all levels.

UK Evaluation Society
An organisation that exists to promote and improve the theory, practice, understanding and utilisation of evaluation and its contribution to public knowledge. The website provides links to an extensive list of evaluation resources including toolkits and evaluation guides.

WA Centre for Health Promotion Research
The Centre for Health Promotion Research is a multi-disciplinary centre within the Division of Health Science at Curtin University, which conducts applied research and provides consultancy evaluation, education, training and curriculum support services to government and non-government health and education organisations.

What works clearinghouse (WCC) - Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education
WWC issues a range of publications designed to assist educators of children at all stages of their education. In early childhood education, publications include intervention reports that evaluate research on curricula and instructional strategies for 3-5 year old children, and also specifically for those with disabilities. Practice guides provide practical recommendations for educators.

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