Youth Policy Lab

Many social services organizations are working hard to help improve life outcomes for Michigan youth. As they do this, there is a growing demand for rigorous evidence about the potential effectiveness of policy interventions. And the raw material – the “data” – necessary to provide this evidence is increasingly available.

But many public agencies and nonprofits don’t have the resources to integrate the data, conduct analysis to identify and evaluate promising interventions, and then translate the findings into concrete policies. The Youth Policy Lab helps fill this gap.

We coordinate activities to provide information and analyses that social services organizations need to do their jobs most effectively. We develop close, sustainable partnerships with state and local agencies, and help connect our partners with each other to access and leverage one another’s work.

Our mission is to:

  • Build infrastructure to conduct rigorous quantitative research to inform policy in areas relating to youth development, including education, crime, health, and social welfare
  • Support evidence-based policymaking
  • Identify and evaluate promising interventions
  • Disseminate best practices for youth policy and for the formation of data-centered, researcher-practitioner partnerships