Research and Learning

At Wyman, we believe we will impact more teens by increasing our ability to continuously learn and create value from the best practices we capture from our own programs—and those across the nation.

Wyman’s Research and Learning Department increases youth development effectiveness and impact by capturing and analyzing data, then disseminating best practices that can launch programmatic innovations across the field.

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Our Philosophy

Data influences implementation strategies, drives outcomes at scale and improves policies and investments in evidence-based and evidence-informed approaches.

All are essential for building the ability for organizations—and our communities—to support teens to success.

This work creates a bridge between research and practice to create a robust learning network.

Our Goals

We seek to increase the impact of youth development by:

  • Determining the effective components and best practices of our programs
  • Assessing, prioritizing and launching programmatic innovations
  • Driving local and national knowledge exchanges about positive youth development approaches and outcomes

What We’re Learning

Deepening the focus on social and emotional learning in the Teen Outreach Program® influences staff practices and accelerates outcomes for youth

Wyman recently released a case study titled “Deepening the Teen Outreach Program Focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): A Case Study of Curriculum and Training Revision and Early Impact.” The case study highlights perspectives from TOP partners about the impact of the revisions on teens, adults, and systems, along with our own internal learning about the curriculum and training revision process. The lessons learned and recommendations from the case study will be of interest to youth practitioners and partner organizations that currently implement TOP, as well as to the broader fields of child and youth development, social and emotional learning, curriculum and program development, evidence-based programming, and implementation science.

  • Click here to download a copy of the case study.
  • The Wyman case study is also available on the Susan Crown Exchange website as part of a package of three case studies on social and emotional learning available. You can access the package of 3 case studies here.

Social-emotional learning is a springboard for success.

In conjunction with Chicago’s Susan Crown Exchange (SCE), Wyman is pleased to announce the release of a one-of-a-kind field guide called Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices in Social and Emotional Learning. A product of collaboration between SCE, eight youth-focused programs across the nation, and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, the piece sheds light on how afterschool programs can equip teens with valuable social and emotional skills.

Collaborative learning drives improvements in practice.

Our 2016 resource titled, “Implementing the Teen Outreach Program with Special Populations: Lessons Learned from Seven Youth-Serving Organizations”  has been created for organizations that are implementing, or interested in implementing TOP with young people in special circumstances.

The resource includes program profiles and implementation guidance based on the collective experiences of our network partners who are using TOP to address the needs of special populations of youth in a variety of settings.

  • Click here to download a copy of the Special Populations Resource.