Poor kids in rich countries

Regular monitoring of children’s lives is a cornerstone of evidence-based policies to improve their well-being. So why are the world’s richest countries failing to produce timely data on child poverty and deprivation?

A prognosis for diagnosis

The label of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasingly being given to very young children. Despite this, very little is known about how diagnosis affects children's outcomes. A UK-based research team sets out to ask some new questions about diagnosing children with ASD.

How much does “following the rules” matter in delivering a program?

Implementing a program faithfully makes a difference – sometimes a big difference. In a new study, Australian researchers claim that the gap between high and low fidelity equates to up to six months of extra schooling for elementary school children participating in a school-wide mental health initiative called KidsMatter.

Glancing back but moving forward

Evaluation results often focus on what happened in the previous year or two. What about the here-and-now? Is what services are doing now working for today’s children and families? Performance management systems might offer an answer.

Doing better by sexually abused children in multicultural communities

Evidence-based practices should not only be culturally relevant, but also provided by staff that understand the communities they serve. This is nowhere more true than when working with sexually abused children.

UK’s hard-pressed parents ply children with toys rather than time

Parents in Britain are more likely than families in Spain or Sweden to buy the latest toys, gadgets, and fashions; so how come their children aren’t as happy?