Congressional briefing: Incorporating "what works" in prevention science into policy

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Network faithful in the Washington, DC area are encouraged to attend this congressional briefing on incorporating what we know about "what works" in prevention science into policy.
Children's Mental Health Network Advisory Council member Dennis Embry will be part of a panel of leading scientists and policy-makers who will share ground-breaking research in identifying proven strategies for protecting all children from the epidemic of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

Note: For those unable to attend the event, we will provide a summary, including documents presented at the briefing in Friday Update. 

Practical Lessons on Moving Successfully from Prevention Science to Policy :What Works in Getting "What Works" into Policy 

December 3rd, 2014 (1-3:30 PM); Rayburn House Office Building, 2237

There has been much work of late on the use of research evidencein policy (123). The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives  (first attachment and ) will host a briefing with nationally recognized experts on getting evidence-based prevention science into legislation and into the work of government agencies.). Representatives John Conyers (D-MI-13) and Todd Young (R-IN-9) will make opening remarks. 

We have conducted three previous prevention-related briefings (interventions across policy areas , scaling-up implementation , and juvenile justice reform  ). This session should be of value to researchers/practitioners/interest groups seeking to influence policy; and to legislators/administrators seeking to incorporate prevention science into their work. 

We welcome officials/staff at all levels of government (federal/state/local), as well as researchers, evaluators, educators, practitioners, advocates, and funders.  Thank you for distributing this announcement to your collegial networks (see the second attachment-- a formatted briefing announcement).


Welcome by moderator Diana Fishbein, Ph.D.; Professor and Director of the Center for Translational Research on Adversity, Neurodevelopment and Substance abuse (C-TRANS), University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Director of the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC). 

Representatives John Conyers (D-MI-13)  and Todd Young (R-IN-9)  will make opening remarks.


Panel One: Lessons Learned from Legislators and Agency Administrators in Collaborating with Prevention Scientists to Utilize their Work 

JooYeun Chang  , J.D.  (Associate Commissioner, Children's Bureau; Administration for Children, Youth & Families; HHS).  Working with implementation scientists to scale-up the prevention work of the Children's Bureau

Bobby Vassar , J.D. (Former Chief Counsel, U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime). Working with researchers/practitioners/advocates in getting Prevention Science into the Youth Promise Act  

Gary VanLandinghamPh.D.  (Director, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative). A comprehensive framework for governmental officials pursuing evidence-based policymaking


Panel Two: Lessons Learned in Getting One's Prevention Science Work into Legislation or Government Agency Operations

Allison MetzPh.D. (Co-Director, National Implementation Research Network). Introducing a "wide-scale implementation" strategy into the work of government agencies 

Jon Baron, J.D., M.P.A. (President, Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy). Increasing the effectiveness of government social spending through the use of rigorous evidence about "what works" 

Dennis Embry , Ph.D. (President, PAXIS Institute). Entrepreneurial approaches to large-scale, sustainable implementation of evidence-based practices: Lessons from the PAX Good Behavior Game

For more information, contact Dr. Neil Wollman, Co-Director of National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) and Senior Fellow, Bentley University, NWollman@Bentley.edu260-568-0116 or Dr. Diana Fishbein, University of Maryland School of Medicine,


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