Children’s programs funded by the federal government may be cut if evidence based data does not prove they are successful. Youth Today looks at the dilemma facing well established programs such as Outward Bound and Teach for America because of new funding rules. Just because a program has a positive public image does not mean it will get money in the 2011 fiscal year budget. Juvenile justice programs that provide alternatives to prison could be at risk without evidence based data.
Non-profit agencies that depend on federal funding are now scrambling for congressional support and some are arguing that evidence based data may not be the most accurate way to evaluate their work.