Science-Based Innovation Training


Monday, November 13, 2017, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Center on the Developing Child

Science-Based Innovation Training

Join us for a one-day training on the IDEAS Impact Framework approach to program development and testing

Monday, November 13, 2017
9 am – 5 pm ET
Cambridge, MA

Decades of research have illuminated many of the causes and correlations of negative outcomes for children who grow up facing adversity. When it comes to solutions, however, the early childhood field has produced only modest impacts. The focus has been on proving that programs are effective on average—rather than understanding how they work and for whom.

How can we build better programs that achieve greater outcomes for more young children and their families?

In the Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) community, we challenge the traditional way of designing and evaluating programs. The IDEAS Impact Framework is a rigorous design process for developing, testing, deploying, and iterating programs—one that allows us to go beyond the average and ask:

• What about it works? (What are the key ingredients?)
• How does it work?
• For whom does it work, and for whom does it not work? 
• In what contexts does it work? And, how can we adapt it for other settings?

This one-day training will provide you with an overview of the IDEAS Impact Framework and its implications for early childhood programs. You’ll be introduced to a set of guiding principles and tools that will help you translate science into practice and begin to develop stronger programs, optimize your evaluation efforts, and engage in rapid-cycle learning.

The training includes a session with Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., on the report From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts: A Science-Based Approach to Building a More Promising Future for Young Children and Families. You’ll also learn more about how to develop: a precise theory of change, program materials that support effective implementation, and an evaluation plan that facilitates continuous learning. In addition to informative presentations, you'll have opportunities to reflect on and discuss what you’ve learned in small groups.

This training is not just for program developers. We encourage anyone who works with or supports young children or their families to join us and begin to think and work differently. The cost of the training is $500 for the day. The program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and lunch and snacks will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

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