Healthy communities start with healthy families. As Judge Baker’s policy team, the Evidence-Based Policy Institute (EBPI) works with national, state, and community partners to explore pressing issues impacting children’s behavioral health, and to collaboratively identify actionable, equitable solutions built on evidence-based practices and policymaking.

Below you’ll see a partial list of articles, briefs, and other policy-related resources and activities we’ve created, contributed to, or otherwise found useful.

News & Updates

EBPI Spotlight Series: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children, Youth, and Families

In our new “Spotlight On” series, our Evidence-Based Policy Institute takes a targeted look at individual issues to offer actionable solutions. You can read our inaugural brief: “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children, Youth, and Families,” by clicking here.

The EBPI presents report findings to the Massachusetts Children’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council

EBPI Associate Director, Matt Pecoraro and JBCC VP of Policy and Practice, Christopher Bellonci, had the pleasure of presenting our COVID-19 report findings to the Massachusetts Children’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council and engaging state leaders in an active discussion about next steps. It is our pleasure to support the amazing work happening across the Commonwealth at the policy, systems and practice levels.

A Call for Expungement of Youth Criminal Records

In the midst of national unrest and an unprecedented call for justice system reform, Massachusetts is poised to demonstrate national leadership by expanding record expungement for justice-involved youth. In doing so, the Commonwealth stands to not only give youth the greatest opportunity to thrive but also to advance racial justice and begin to address the harm systemic racism has historically inflicted on communities of color. Read the full op-ed by clicking here.

National Evidence-based Policymaking Leadership: PEW Charitable Trusts

Recognizing the pandemic-driven economic fallout and heightened needs being experienced in communities nationally, the PEW Charitable Trusts recently released an article highlighting the importance of states investing in proven effective strategies to meet community needs. According to the PEW article, “Some state budget offices across the country are doing this by using evidence-based policymaking—relying on data gathered from rigorous evaluation—to make spending decisions in these difficult times.” Read the full article from PEW Charitable Trusts by clicking here.

EBPI Resources

The Evidence-Based Policy Institute (EBPI) is committed to providing the community with accurate and cutting-edge data on relevant issues that impact children and adolescents. Below you can access our collection of completed policy articles, reports and briefs that cover a range of different issues that impact youth.


Completed Policy Briefs

Completed Reports

Upcoming Projects

We're excited to share that the EBPI is currently engaged in two new initiatives:

·     Promoting Healthy Students by Addressing Behavioral Health Needs. In partnership with John Crocker, the University of Maryland’s National Center for School Mental Health, and the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, the Evidence-based Policy Institute is developing a policy report to explore school-based behavioral health in Massachusetts and the ways in which evidence-based approaches can promote positive outcomes for students and families.  

·     Promoting Positive Outcomes in LGBTQ+ Youth. The EBPI is thrilled to be partnering with the Harvard Kennedy School to explore and address pressing issues impacting LGBTQ+ youth in the Commonwealth. Ultimately this project is intended to alleviate the disproportionate negative outcomes experienced by LGBTQ+ youth and promote the best possible outcomes through cross-system collaboration, and evidence-based policy development and service provision. Judge Baker Children's Center stands as an ally to LGBTQ+ youth and their families.