The well-being of children and youth is a central Urban Institute research topic. Our work spans child development at the youngest ages to teenagers transitioning into adulthood. We study child care, the child welfare system, juvenile justice, child poverty, and children's health and education. Read more.
Promise Neighborhoods is a U.S. Department of Education place-based initiative intended to turn neighborhoods of concentrated poverty into neighborhoods of opportunity using a continuum of services from early childhood through college and career. The Promise Neighborhoods model has a strong commitment to results-based planning and improvement using real-time data, and data on solutions implemented and participant outcomes will be collected over multiple years. This specification document details the format of data to be collected for a data file to eventually be made available to researchers via restricted use license from the Department of Education (the Restricted Use Data File).
This study explores the role of technology in teen dating violence and abuse and teen bullying. The researchers surveyed 5,647 youth-more than any previous analysis-in 10 northeastern schools. Twenty-six percent of dating teens reported experiencing abuse online or through texts from their partners, and 17 percent of all youth said they were cyber bullied by a peer. Teenage girls reported experiencing more digital dating abuse (particularly sexual abuse) and cyber bullying than teenage boys. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.
Several CHIPRA Quality Demonstration states are working with participating clinicians to enhance their ability to improve the quality of health care delivered to adolescents. Specifically, North Carolina and Utah are facilitating adolescent-focused quality improvement collaboratives for primary care practices, and Colorado and New Mexico are providing support and coaching to school-based health centers serving adolescents. This Evaluation Highlight describes barriers these states encountered in their efforts to improve care for this population, identifies strategies to address these barriers, and suggests actions state Medicaid agencies could take to enhance adolescent health care.
Housing Opportunity and Services Together (HOST), launched by the Urban Institute with the support of the Open Society Foundations in December 2010, is an innovative approach to coordinating services and programs for adults and youth in public and mixed-income housing. HOST's core case management component helps parents in low-income neighborhoods confront their key barriers to self-sufficiency—poor physical and mental health, addictions, low literacy and educational attainment, and historically weak connections to the labor force—while simultaneously integrating services for children and youth.