What To Do Resources

There is a growing body of knowledge about effective programs, policies and practices. Below is a listing of many of these registries and research centers. In addition to organizing information on What-To-Do, many of these registries also provide guidance on selecting, implementing and evaluating a program, policy or practice. Research centers offer valuable knowledge that may be used to create logic models, adapt specific programs to diverse populations or justify the use of a program or policy in your community.

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Take time to read everything thoroughly. Read the full article, not just the synopsis. Look into how surveys were conducted before citing their findings. Talk with program developers before investing in the implementation of a new approach.    

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Evidence-Based Programs and Policies Across Age Groups

Registry: Youth.gov

This federal government website organizes the resources and evidence-based program and policy databases for three agencies: the U.S Department of Education; the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; and the U.S. Department of Justice.


Registry: ChildTrends: What Works / Links

Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. Child Trends’ What Works/LINKS database (LINKS stands for Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully) is a searchable register of over 700 programs for infants through young adults.


People-Specific Research: Child Trends: DataBank

Find trend data on over 100 risk and protective factors in 15 topic areas.


and Research Topics

Find research articles on 16 different topics impacting children from birth through young adulthood.


People-Specific Research: Harvard Family Research Center

This center looks at their primary research areas from early childhood through high school. Their research team focuses on three components of children's learning and development: complementary learning, family involvement in education, and out-of-school time. Information gained from research and program evaluation is used to develop new approaches to evaluation and field-wide innovative trends, strategies, and techniques.


Big Picture Research: Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan, nonadvocacy nonprofit organization that generates knowledge based on research and public opinion polling. Their sections on Hispanic Trends and Social and Demographic Trends include information on many topics such as generational and racial diversity, education, income, use of technology, parenting and marriage.


Big Picture Research: The Urban Institute

Economic and social policies impact individuals, families and communities. The Urban Institute conducts research and offers evidence-based solutions to increase the effectiveness of public policy and improve outcomes for communities. Their work is organized into 11 different policy centers.


Age Specific Resources
Specific Topics