LEAD Conference 2017

 

The fifth annual McCourt School of Public Policy’s LEAD (Leadership. Evidence. Analysis. Debate.) Conference, Moving from Research to Policy and Practice to Improve the Lives of Youth, will be held at Georgetown University on April 6-7, 2017.  

Join us during “Cherry Blossom Season” in the nation’s capital as we bring together a national group of policymakers, practitioners, researchers, educators, judicial officials, community leaders, family members, foundation representatives and others to explore cutting-edge innovations in child-serving fields. The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform is hosting the event in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. Over the course of two days the conference will examine current research across systems of care and how to best apply it to develop and implement sound policies and practices that meet the needs of at-risk youth and their families.

About LEAD 

The McCourt School of Public Policy’s LEAD (Leadership. Evidence. Analysis. Debate.) Conference is an annual event that brings together experts and key stakeholders to examine a particular policy challenge and discuss potential solutions. The inaugural LEAD conference, “Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Children and Youth” was held by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) in 2013. The 2017 LEAD Conference will build on this theme by featuring the main bodies of work cultivated nationally since CJJR’s founding in 2007 to illuminate major progress in bridging gaps between research, policy, and practice.

2017 LEAD Conference

The 2017 LEAD Conference, Moving from Research to Policy and Practice to Improve the Lives of Youth, will focus on how to best apply research in the development and implementation of sound policies and practices in child-serving fields, featuring the work of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. The two-day event will bring together a variety of viewpoints and diverse opinions from policymakers, practitioners, researchers, educators, judicial officials, community leaders, family members, foundation representatives and others. Reflecting the importance of cross-systems collaboration, it will focus in particular on key developments in child welfare, juvenile justice, education, behavioral health, and family engagement.

Conference Proceedings

The conference will begin with an opening keynote presentation on the importance of effectively connecting research to policy and practice, followed by three plenary sessions and six breakout sessions. Plenary sessions will explore current research, how to bridge research to policy and practice, and how best to implement new policies and practices that benefit the children, youth and families that systems serve. Breakout sessions will allow participants to focus on the particular issues and topical areas most relevant to their work and interests across child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and behavioral health. They will also examine issues from local, state, and national standpoints, while providing a strong focus on family and youth engagement. In addition to plenary and breakout sessions, there will be opportunities for networking and interactive activities throughout the conference.

Who Should Attend?

We encourage anyone who is interested in improving the lives of youth to attend the conference. Policymakers, practitioners, researchers, educators, judicial officials, community leaders, family members, foundation representatives and more will benefit from this opportunity to hear from leading experts, as well as network with professionals from around the country and participate in a national dialogue on cutting-edge issues.