The Cutler Institute Children, Youth, and Families Program advances the well-being of children and families by improving the public and private systems that serve them. We work to include the voices of children, youth and families, and to engage community. Our approach empowers and strengthens the clients we serve. We have earned a national reputation for excellence in research, policy development, program evaluation, training, and technical assistance.

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2019

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Performance Measurement in Maine’s Social Sector: The Intersection of Philanthropy and Nonprofits, Susy Hawes and Sarah Goan

2015

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New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes, David Lambert PhD and Julie Atkins MA

2014

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Roundtable on Community Engagement and Collective Impact., Melody Barnes, Paul Born, Richard Harwood, Steve Savner, Stacey Stewart, and Martin Zanghi MSW

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Barriers and Successes in U Visas for Immigrant Victims: The Experiences of Legal Assistance for Victims Grantees, Giselle A. Hass PsyD, Edna Yang, Karen Monahan, and Benish Anver

2013

Leadership in a Changing Environment: A Leadership Model for Child Welfare, Freda Bernotavicz, Nancy C. McDaniel, Charmaina Britten, and Nancy S. Dickinson

Workforce Leadership and Development, Katharine Kahn, Freda Bernotavicz, and Cathryn Potter

2012

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Testing Respite Effect of Work on Stress Among Mothers of Children With Special Needs, Lisa A. Morris PhD

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2012 Maine Child Support Guidelines: Review and Recommendations, Sally Ward MPPM, Janice Daley MSW, Barbara Fraumeni PhD, George Shaler MPH, Eileen Griffin JD, Melanie Knox BA, Laurie Hallett, and Louis Mandeville MS

2011

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New Americans: Child Care Decision-Making of Refugee and Immigrant Parents of English Language Learners, Helen Ward JD, Erin E. Oldham LaChance PhD, and Julie Atkins MA

2010

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First Jobs Academy Enhanced Management Training: Curriculum for Employers of Child Welfare Involved Youth, Amy Beaulieu (ed.) MSSW, LCSW

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First Jobs Academy Work Readiness Training for Child Welfare Involved Youth: Trainer Guide, Amy Beaulieu (ed) MSSW, LCSW

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Youth with Disabilities: A Maine Workforce Development Review, Ahmen Cabral, Margaret Vishneau, and Marty Zanghi MSW

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Early Childhood Professional Development: A Synthesis of Recent Research, Allyson Dean

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Authentic Assessment in Infant and Toddler Care Settings: Review of Recent Research, Allyson Dean and Brenda Zollitsch PhD

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YLAT Youth Leadership Advisory Team: An Innovative Approach to Systems Improvement, Marie Zemler Wu MPP, Penthea Burns MSW, Marty Zanghi MSW, and Dianna Walters

2009

Opening the World of Learning: Features, Effectiveness and Implementation Strategies, M. Ashe, Susan Reed, David Dickenson, A. B. Morse, and S. J. Wilson

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English Language Learners in the State of Maine: Early Education Policy That Can Make a Difference, Julie Atkins MA, Helen Ward JD, and Erin E. Oldham PhD

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Making a Brighter Future for Foster Youth in York County, Maine, Jennifer Boes

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Building a Model and Framework for Child Welfare Supervision, Peg Hess PhD, ACSW; Susan Kanak MBA; and Julie Atkins MA

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Working Parents and Child Care: Charting a New Course for Quality, Michael Lahti MPPM, Rachel Connelly, Georgia N. Nigro, and Rebecca Fraser-Thill

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Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders: State of the Evidence, Lindsey Tweed MD, MPH; Nancy Connolly MPPM; and Amy Beaulieu

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Child Care and Work Challenges for Maine's Parents of Children with Special Needs [Article], Helen Ward JD and Julie Atkins MA

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Children at Risk in the Child Welfare System: Collaborations to Promote School Readiness - Final Report, Helen Ward JD, Julie Atkins MA, Patricia Morris, and Sun Young Yoon

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Colorado Training Needs Assessment, Helen Ward JD, Michelle Lamm MSW, and Kimberly Pukstas-Bernard PhD

2008

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Supported Employment in Maine: Youth in Foster Care, Alfred M. Sheehy MPPM, Amy Gieseke, Tamara Harden Herrick, and Marty Zanghi MSW

2007

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Connecticut Court Improvement Program Reassessment, Diane Gout, Karen Monahan, Anita St. Onge, Jean Bessette, and Sameer Mahimkar

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Connecticut Court Improvement Program Reassessment: Executive Summary, Muskie School of Public Service

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Michigan CIP Reassessment: How Michigan Courts Handle Child Protection Cases - A Report Summary, Muskie School of Public Service

2006

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Final Evaluation Report: Domestic Violence Case Coordination Project, Karen Monahan, Diane Gout, and Anita St. Onge

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Child Care and Children With Special Needs: Challenges for Low Income Families [Report], Helen Ward JD, Lisa A. Morris PhD, Erin E. Oldham PhD, Julie Atkins MA, Angela Herrick, and Patricia Morris

2005

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Michigan Court Improvement Program Reassessment, Muskie School of Public Service

2002

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A Voice For Low-Income Children: Evaluating Guardians ad litem in Divorce and Parental Rights and Responsibilities Cases, Alison A. Beyea and Frank D' Alessandro

2001

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Boys to Men: A Conference Report, Michael Brennan, Al Barthelman, Penny Jordan-Barthelman, Layne Gregory, Phil Hoose, and David Vaughan

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Child Welfare, Domestic Violence And Substance Abuse: A Report on Protocols and Practices Preliminary Report, Michael Brennan, Phyllis Farr, Andrew Ferguson, Erin Oldham, Linda Rota, Anita St. Onge, and Gail Sweat

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Child Welfare, Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse: A Review of the Literature, Promising Practices and Strategies, Michael Brennan, Erin Oldham, Anita St. Onge, Phyllis Farr, Andrew Ferguson, Linda Rota, and Gail Sweat

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New England Early Care and Education Workforce Models for Data Collection, Angie Herrick, Doug Baird, Tracy Cooley, Jeantel DeGazon, Julie Dennehy, Christine Johnson-Staub, Erin Oldham, Tammy Richards, and Sasha Stavsky

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Strengthening the Foundations of Emotional Health in Early Childhood: A Handbook for Practitioners, Susan E. Partridge Ph.D.; Deborah Devine Psy.D.; John Hornstein Ed.D.; and Jayne D. B. Marsh MSN, MPA

2000

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The Maine Healthy Families Program, Erin E. Oldham PhD; Tammy Richards; and Anne B. Keith RN, DrPH, C-PNP

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Healthy Families Maine: Final Evaluation Report, Erin E. Oldham PhD; Tammy Richards; Anne B. Keith RN, DrPH, C-PNP; and Julie Atkins MA

1987

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Partners in the Process: A Handbook on Transition for School and Community Programs Serving Learning Disabled Young Adults, Maureen Connolly and Charles Bernacchio EdD, ME.d

Making Choices, Maureen Connolly and Charles P. Bernacchio EdD, ME.d