Research & Best Practices

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Throughout Philadelphia, our work spans a broad spectrum of partners, including law enforcement, the court system, social service agencies, public and private schools, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and corporations.  Casting the widest net possible helps us reach out to more children and youth, providing a consistent source of support as they navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban environment.

Philadelphia Safe and Sound fosters change and reform within public and private systems that serve children.  As an independent non-profit, our long-standing relationships allow us to build partnerships and launch initiatives on many levels from neighborhoods to City Hall and beyond, to improve children’s lives.

Our role as a thought leader and agent of change stems from our three interlocking divisions:

Research Division
Our publications, The Report Card, Community Report Card, and Children’s Budget convey PSS’s commitment to providing policymakers, community leaders, and the media with accurate and informative data regarding our children.

Best Practice Division
Philadelphia Safe and Sound’s Best Practice Division identifies proven practices and evidence-based program models across the country that are achieving the best outcomes for children, youth and families. We then apply this knowledge by helping to create and support innovative programs and services in the Philadelphia region that produce measurable results. The Best Practice Division manages, monitors and provides technical assistance to close to 200 afterschool and youth development programs. In addition, the Best Practice Division supports the development and management of violence prevention programs throughout the city.

Public Policy and Program Development Division
PSS is a vocal advocate for policy reform and systems change at the local, state and national levels.

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