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How does the extent of disconnectedness determine the strategies we need to employ
and the outcomes we hope to achieve with these youth?
How can we bring youth and families more formally into the development of these
programs? What kinds of supports do family and natural supports need to effectively
support youth?
How do structural and theoretical divides between family and youth work create barriers
to reconnection with family?
How do policies and practices within youth justice and child welfare systems potentially
contribute to family disconnection?
What is reasonable to expect in terms of outcomes for these learning initiatives in three years?
As with many things, our experience in this first year has been that the more you know about
something, the more you realize you don’t know. We have generated more questions than answers. But these
questions are essential to the learning process and with our growing knowledge are becoming more refined.
Set out below is a summary of emerging questions within the initiative. Paying attention to these emerging
areas of inquiry will help guide our work going forward.
This Executive Summary is a synopsis from the Vulnerable Youth Learning Strategy for
Social Supports report titled
Reflecting on the First Year of Innovation: Highlights,
Learning and Ideas for Going Forward,
prepared by
Melissa Innes, MPI Associates.
“Developmental evaluation is an
intimate process where we have to
be vulnerable. Without
relationships we can’t do it.”
– Learning Strategy Stakeholder
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