Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting
The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) held its 26th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, May 29–June 1, 2018. This year’s theme was Optimizing the Relevance of Prevention Science to Systems.
Lance Till of JBA, Anne Duggan of Johns Hopkins University, Mary Catherine Arbour of Harvard University, and Kyle Peplinski of the Health Resources and Services Administration participated in a roundtable discussion chaired by Lauren Supplee of Child Trends: “Precision Home Visiting: New Ways of Thinking, Conceptualizing Research and Program Development.” The discussion focused on the concepts behind precision medicine and public health and how they may apply to prevention science and specifically to home visiting.
SPR is dedicated to advancing scientific investigation on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health, and academic problems, and on the translation of that information to promote health and well-being.
Data Governance and Information Quality Conference
The 2018 Data Governance and Information Quality Conference was held in San Diego, California, June 11–15.
Allison Meisch of JBA, T’Pring Westbrook of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and William Lash of Chirality Capital Consulting presented a session titled “Data Governance Development: There’s A Tool for That!” The Data Governance Development Tool Kit is an innovative resource for organizations lacking internal technical expertise or resumes to access external experts necessary to develop data governance plans. It is the culmination of a partnership across the technology, social science, and nonprofit sectors to bring best practices to the nontechnical end-user. The team presented key components of the tool kit and shared plans for future development based on user feedback and initial screening.
The conference is the world’s largest event dedicated to data governance and information quality.
National Research Conference on Early Childhood
The Administration for Children and Families’ National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC) 2018 was held June 25–27 in Arlington, Virginia. It was presented by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in conjunction with the Office of Head Start.
Matthew Poes of JBA, Anne Duggan of Johns Hopkins University, and Jon Korfmacher of the Erickson Institute presented “Research Towards Precision Home Visiting: Making Programs More Efficient and Effective for Families.” Lauren Supplee of Child Trends chaired the session, and Jennifer Brooks of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was the discussant. Poes spoke about innovative research methods that can advance the field of home visiting by determining the elements that work best for particular types of families in particular contexts.
NRCEC is the leading venue for research on the development, education, and care of young children and their families and the policy and practice implications of the findings. The 2018 conference goals were to—
- Identify and disseminate research relevant to young children (birth to 8 years) and their families
- Encourage collaboration among researches, practitioners, and policy makers to build upon the evidence base for policy and practice
The conference presented the latest research surrounding child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, home visiting, child welfare, special education, prekindergarten, early elementary, and other early childhood programs.