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Using Evidence for Promoting Equity for Children and Youth

The Urban Institute and the Forum for Youth Investment invite you to a conversation about how evidence and evaluation can promote and reflect equity initiatives in the policy space, particularly policies that affect children and youth. The Biden administration’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government highlights the importance of data and evaluation in advancing equity in the federal landscape. This forum will showcase several key interactions between equity and evidence and evaluation, focusing on child and youth policy. Some themes we will discuss include strategies for engaging and centering community members most affected by research and evaluation, aligning equity frameworks with outcome frameworks, and using existing evidence to promote equitable policy and program changes.


  • Ilene Berman, Senior Associate, Evidence-Based Practice Group, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Miranda Lynch-Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Marla McDaniel, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Endi Montalvo-Martinez, Member, Youth Action Squad, Iowa Department of Human Rights
  • Lyric Sellers, Member, Youth Action Squad, Iowa Department of Human Rights
  • Demetra Smith Nightingale, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom, Consultant, Forum for Youth Investment


This event is part of the Urban Institute’s Federal Evaluation and Evidence Forum. Support for the forum and this event is provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.


Date & Time Wednesday, November 10, 2021

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institute Fellow