Funder: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Start Date: 2012

Evidence2Success Website, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Evidence2Success is based on more than 30 years of research about the underlying causes that prevent problems and protect children from risks. Decades of work in public health show that engaging whole communities in understanding and addressing health concerns and their underlying causes can promote changes in behavior that lead to better health. As a result, Evidence2Success is being developed to apply this science to urban areas. Evidence2Success aims to demonstrate that public systems, schools and communities working in partnership can guide public investment toward appropriate proven programs and services, which will have a significant impact on children’s healthy growth and development across five areas:

  • Behavior: Children who exhibit good conduct, who avoid drugs and alcohol and who do not participate in risky sexual behavior
  • Education: Children who are prepared for school, graduate from high school and enter adulthood prepared to lead a productive life
  • Emotional well-being: Children who are happy and able to focus, and who have strong self-esteem and self-control
  • Physical health: Children who are born healthy, and remain active, physically fit and free from chronic illness
  • Positive relationships: Children who are bonded to parents, friends and adult role models who help them maintain healthy beliefs and high standards.

Evidence2Success is currently being developed and pilot-tested in one city. Two more cities plan to be added to this effort within the next five years. The developing model includes:

  • city and community-level partnerships that create a shared vision of change--these partnerships involve a diverse set of individuals and organizations that are focused on improving the health and development of youth;
  • child and youth well-being surveys that identify children’s strengths and needs, and the underlying factors influencing their development;
  • a database of cost-effective proven programs that influence specific areas of youth well-being;
  • a financing tool kit that can be used to map current investments and identify strategies for generating or securing sustainable sources of funding; and
  • coaching and technical assistance to support strategy development and help partners build their capacity to adapt to and sustain new ways of working.

The Prevention Research Center at Penn State has been awarded a grant to evaluate the implementation of the Evidence2Success pilot. A mixed-method quantitative and qualitative assessment of the Evidence2Success process is planned to be a part of this effort in the first city involved in the project. This data collection effort will contribute to ongoing model development by helping the evaluation team and project partners better understand: (a) what works well, (b) what needs to be improved, and (c) the circumstances within which project activities were conducted. Findings will be integrated to improve the model before pilot implementation and continued evaluation in a second and third city.

Learn More

Learn about the Evidence2Success Core Strategies.

Meet the Foundation's partners in developing and implementing Evidence2Success.

Read "Building on What Works: Improving Children's Futures" from Evidence-based Education.

PRC Team

Sarah Chilenski, Ph.D.
Brian Bumbarger
Mark Feinberg, Ph.D.
Mark Greenberg, Ph.D.
Emilie Smith, Ph.D.