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Campbell launches new Policy Briefs publications

The Campbell Collaboration is pleased to announce the release of our new Policy Briefs series – publications designed to inform social policy and practice decisions. In the first, Professor Barlow summarizes evidence from 6 Campbell systematic reviews of parenting programs. Unequivocal evidence shows that they are effective in improving aspects of parents’ psychosocial functioning in the short-term. In the second Brief, Gary Ritter summarizes evidence from 6 reviews of the effects school-based interventions to improve student behavior. There are promising findings, for example, about interventions to reduce bullying, but policy makers need to press for more rigorous evidence when designing programs to improve student behavior. 

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Jacobs Foundation awards new grants for systematic reviews on children and youth

The Jacobs Foundation has awarded over US$200,000 for systematic reviews to inform better policy and practice to improve child and youth development. The grants are made by the Jacobs Foundation as part of their ‘Program on Better Evidence for Children and Youth’ and the reviews will be published in the Campbell Library of systematic reviews.

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Three Campbell methods grants awarded

The Campbell Collaboration is pleased to announce that three grants have been awarded as part of its programme supporting innovative methods development. The successful topic submissions include: the development of user-friendly software for using single case research in systematic reviews; and the development of a tool for assessing the risk of bias in non-randomised studies for Campbell systematic reviews. The Campbell funding programme for methods innovation has been made possible by the generous support of the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

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Ingram Olkin (1924-2016)

Ingram Olkin, Professor Emeritus of Statistics and Education at Stanford University, died in Palo Alto California on April 28, at the age of 91. He was, without doubt, an influential and charismatic individual, and co-founded journals such as Statistical Science and The Journal of Educational Statistics (currently Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics). He received the Campbell Collaboration’s Frederick Mosteller Award for Distinctive Contributions to Systematic Reviewing, and was also recognised for his commitment to supporting women in statistics.

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