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May 27, 2021 | Evident Change
As Evident Change’s first youth advisors wrap up over nine months of work, they leave an indelible mark on the organization. Along with consulting on system-improvement projects across the country, Deajah Nunn and Hayden Renato took on several youth-led research projects. A set of seven recommendati…
May 27, 2021 | Cynthia Burnson, PhD
The Family First Prevention Services Act has the potential to move significant child welfare resources upstream—to fund services that help families provide safe, loving homes for their children. While this funding could help decrease the need for foster care and is worthy of celebrating, the act als…
May 19, 2021 | Evident Change
Without an integrated case management system, a child welfare agency’s time and money go into data collection and reporting—and likely stop there. To help children and families achieve their greatest potential, agencies need high-quality data in a user-friendly interface that provides critical infor…
Deajah Nunn
May 5, 2021 | By Debra Illingworth Greene
When Deajah Nunn joined Evident Change as a youth advisor in 2020, she brought along her own interests and concerns as a former foster youth. Happily—for both Deajah and her colleagues—that’s exactly why she was here. Deajah was living in transitional housing for former foster youth (Transitional Ho…
April 21, 2021 | Bill James, LCSW
Everyone knows you shouldn’t stare constantly at the dashboard while driving. But what would happen if you never looked at your dashboard? You would risk not seeing a maintenance light come on or unexpectedly run out of gas—two situations that could lead to danger.  SafeMeasures® is a data report…
March 19, 2021 | Joe Dole
I wrote “The Case For Why Violent Offenders Deserve Parole” in the months prior to the founding of Parole Illinois, an organization that advocates for sentencing reform and decarceration in general. Having our own organization directed by impacted people gives us a megaphone to be heard. So too do…
Cynthia Burnson
March 3, 2021 | Evident Change
Evident Change senior researcher Dr. Cynthia Burnson was recently named a 2021 William T. Grant Advanced Quantitative and Computational (AQC) Scholar. Dr. Burnson will be part of a critical quantitative, computational, and mixed methodologies group working on “critical approaches to data science [th…
March 2, 2021 | Caroline Glesmann
Ending voluntary probation for young people. Reducing or eliminating the use of law enforcement on school campuses. Gaining seats at policymaking tables that influence decisions regarding juvenile justice or education systems. These actions are just a few examples of what a group of California commu…
February 22, 2021 | Ashley Hamilton, PhD
With(in) is a podcast committed to shifting the conversation about who is in prison, specifically within the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC). We do this through meaningful, complex, and enlightening conversations with people who are incarcerated in Colorado as well as those who work in the…
February 12, 2021 | Frederick Paine
One reason for writing “I Spent 20 Years on Death Row” is to share my story with the world. It’s not a particularly extraordinary story nor is it one to spark sympathy. I committed a crime that I’m still paying for, and there’s nothing heroic or awe-inspiring about taking someone’s life. For that I…