On Tuesday, April 15, Schubert Center Policy Director, Gabriella Celeste, along with Patrick Kanary from the Center for Innovative Practices and Marcia Egbert from the Gund Foundation presented on The Bridge to Somewhere at the Blueprints Conference in Denver, Colorado. The goal of the Blueprints Conference is to bring developers and practitioners of evidence-based programs together to disseminate science-based information on programs aimed at improving the education, behavior, emotional well-being, physical health and positive relationships of youth.
Celeste, Kanary and Egbert’s presentation highlighted how a variety of factors coalesced around the development and implementation of policy strategies that resulted in significant state level reform in the area of juvenile justice. These reforms specifically addressed the need for evidence-based and research informed practices. The collaborative, strategic effort could be considered a model for achieving policy reform across a number of areas. The ultimate outcome was the signing into law of House Bills 86 and 153 which included substantial, evidence-based policy reforms for young people in the juvenile justice system.
A copy of the case study, The Bridge to Somewhere: How Research Made its Way into Legislative Juvenile Justice Reform in Ohio, that the presentation is based on is available here.