Kimberly Shannon, guest blogger for Edweek’s College Bound Blog, recently shared the results of a report from the American Youth Policy Forum in a post, “Key Role for Data in Work With Disconnected Youth.”

Shannon notes that an analysis of case studies of how data is used among successful agencies that serve disconnected youth indicates several consistent findings:

  • A “clearly articulated theory of change” – an outline that shows what the organization would like to change, how it will make the change, and what the outcome will be
  • Data used reflects the mission of the program
  • A commitment to professional development among staff members who work with and collect data

Effective programs use the professional development to share findings with other stakeholders.  For example, one director shares data with staff members and also with police officers who may be helped by recognizing when disconnected youth may be making progress.

View this recording of a webinar from the American Youth Policy Forum that explains these findings with more specifics [58:04]: