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Document Number: 10663

Are Evidence-Based Programs Worth the Investment? - In 2007, the Birmingham, UK, City Council launched "Brighter Futures," a series of evidence-based programs to better the lives of the city's children. Focused on prevention and early intervention, the programs also included a research feature: outcomes were documented. Some worked well, one didn't and the jury is still out on the other two. They learned when an investment is planned (more than $63 million) it is best to use tested, effective programs and practices. Evidence-based programs can be worth the investment, and programs must be implemented with fidelity to the original, successful version. (Better: Evidence-Based Education, February 2013)...

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