• By Emma Crewe
  • Posted on Friday 12th September, 2008

Beings and becomings in Hong Kong

“How many people in your country support smacking?” keynote speaker Michael Freeman asked us at last week's International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) conference in Hong Kong. Even more interesting than the answer was the sample. “Did you include children when you thought about people’s attitudes?” he went on to inquire. I’m ashamed to say that I did not.…

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  • By Michael Little
  • Posted on Thursday 10th July, 2008

Embedded programs

Steve Aos and David Hawkins have been in Birmingham to support the Brighter Future’s strategy. Aos encouraged a portfolio of wise program investments. Hawkins promoted a public health approach tested in Seattle schools.The presentations started in very different places and led me to ponder a different way of thinking about the future of evidence based programs.Aos is adept at compiling sensible…

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  • By Daniel F. Perkins
  • Posted on Sunday 08th June, 2008

Hold on, what is headspace?

Two weeks ago I attended and presented at the Forum on Prevention and Early Intervention for Children and Youth at Croke Park, Dublin. The Forum started on May 27 with an exhibition of projects funded through the Prevention and Early Intervention Programme (OMC), Dormant Accounts Flagship Projects, Children’s Services Committees, and other demonstration projects supported by government and the A…

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  • By Michael Little
  • Posted on Thursday 29th May, 2008

Why isn't Edward Tufte here?

Why isn't Edward Tufte here?Prevention Action has invited me to the SPR conference in San Francisco, my first trip out of the office since the Society for Child Development Research meeting in Boston in 2007.The first few sessions make me wonder if I am getting out too much.The quality of the science and thinking about application to policy and practice is excellent. But nobody seems to know how t…

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  • By Nick Axford
  • Posted on Thursday 22nd May, 2008

I'm a washing-up liquid bottle… fly me!

Would any research scientist be so wantonly unscientific as to make a dodgy claim about the effectiveness of a program – considering the damage likely to be done to the cause of knowledge-based practice, worse the potential damage to children and families?The truth is that shortcomings and disparities in the methods used to gauge effectiveness mean that unfounded claims of service effectiveness…

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  • By Ernest Underhill
  • Posted on Wednesday 26th March, 2008

Making the pieces fit? Fat chance!

After taking Denver, Blueprints and the National Center for School Engagement by storm, I've headed east to New York for this year’s American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference.You may be wondering how I get to spend all this time swanning around? Well, as a renowned researcher nearing the end of a not undistinguished professional career, my university sponsors in England have se…

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  • By Michael Little
  • Posted on Friday 21st March, 2008

The bigger picture? It's still rocky

Denver sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. From the middle of the city it’s hard to see this bigger picture. Just a glimpse here and there.In the basement of the Adams Mark Hotel, the Blueprint programs and questions about standards are the focus of attention: implementation, fidelity, evaluation and more. Here, too, it’s hard to keep the bigger picture in view.The vista is not quite as a…

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  • By Michael Little
  • Posted on Thursday 20th March, 2008

Aspiring to be less noticeable

Cities represent fashions, past and present. So there’s been an unseemly scramble to get a 'Gehry', following the revolutionary architect’s successes in California, Japan and Bilbao. (In Denver, the de rigueur Titanium building has been provided by Daniel Libeskind).In a city like Denver, the relative lack of wealth produces a conservatism and buildings that follow rather than set the trend. T…

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  • By Tim Hobbs
  • Posted on Wednesday 19th March, 2008

The executive director of Blueprints hits all the key notes.

Thankfully the American's shifted St. Patrick's Day to their convenience - the carnage happened last weekend so last night did in fact turn out to be relatively civilized. Shame.But thankfully this left me in a good state of body and mind to fully appreciate the keynote address by Del Elliott - the Exec Director and driving force behind the Blueprints agenda.Three main themes resonated through the…

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  • By Michael Little
  • Posted on Tuesday 18th March, 2008

Discursive realities

The Blueprints conference puts together program originators with the people who replicate those programs. Many of these relationships are long standing, characterized by an intimacy borne of finding collective solutions to common problems.At the heart of a model or promising program is logic: clear target groups, fidelity in implementation and rigorous evaluation.But the programs are for real chil…

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  • By Tim Hobbs
  • Posted on Tuesday 18th March, 2008

More of the same?

I was here at the Blueprints conference two years ago, and I'm back for more. Why - will it just be more of the same? I expect so. Nothing much has changed - there are no new programs elevated to the dizzying heights of a 'model program', and just two more have made the 'promising programs grade (BASIC and SAAF). The Blueprints website offers plenty of information about each of the programs - coul…

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  • By Michael Little
  • Posted on Tuesday 18th March, 2008

Blueprints in Colorado – and how not to get lost in translation

Just what it takes to get learning from experiments into everyday life – what’s beginning to be called Type 2 translation research – is expected to be one of the themes of this year’s conferenceIt’s a question that has many aspects and takes many forms. What are the most effective methods of designing, implementing and evaluating evidence based programs? What kinds of technical assistanc…

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  • By Ernest Underhill
  • Posted on Tuesday 18th March, 2008

Going five rounds with the National Center for School engagement

I love coming over from Great Britain to these sorts of events and to hear the world 'experts' go on about the latest revolutions taking place in the field. I then sit back and think about how wrong everyone is and how much better everything would be if only they would listen to me (why don't they I ask?). So forgive me if I sound a little cynical, but when I attended the pre-conference session ho…

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  • By Ann Hagell
  • Posted on Thursday 13th March, 2008

Back from the SRA (after a Giedd joke)

Back in the UK there is some time to think about the overall themes of the SRA conference this year. There’s a vast number of papers; around 12 or more parallel symposia at any one time, all consisting of three or four papers. Still, I think it’s fair to say that the conference this time reflected a general interest in well-being, not just problematic behavior. It also suggested that study o…

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  • By Ann Hagell
  • Posted on Saturday 08th March, 2008

Best years of our lives? When we were 14!

Apparently the majority of Americans believe that poor individual outcomes are driven by individual traits. Europeans, on the other hand, are more likely to think that poor outcomes are the result of injustice, discrimination, other societal factors, and bad luck. This is the downside to the American Dream, perhaps. William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P and Linda L Geyser University Professor at Harv…

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