Evidence-Based Policy Institute

About The Evidence-Based Policy Institute (EBPI) at Judge Baker Children’s Center

Healthy communities start with healthy families. As Judge Baker’s policy and advocacy team, the Evidence-Based Policy Institute (EBPI) works with national, state, and community partners to explore pressing issues impacting children’s development and mental health and identify actionable solutions. Our work promotes the value and adoption of evidence-based practices and other proven effective approaches and facilitates the work of collaborative cross-sector coalitions to improve the lives of children and families.


The Need for the EBPI

In recent decades we have learned a tremendous amount about what works when providing care to children. With so many different approaches to children’s mental health, the path to better outcomes is often unclear. The EBPI exists solely to help our state and national partners navigate the increasingly complex world of children’s mental health and identify actionable strategies forward in the interest of our nation’s children and families.

When untreated, mental health issues pose a real threat to the long-term health and wellbeing of children, their families, and the community at large. Policy is critical to create the context in which new services and supports can be imagined, designed, implemented, and evaluated. When state and national systems are rooted in established research and proven best-practices children, families, and communities thrive. Ultimately these approaches lead to improved youth, family, and community wellbeing, as well as make more efficient use of limited resources, leading to a significant return on investment and overall cost-savings. But more importantly, children and their families are given the skills and strategies to overcome challenges and lead healthy, happy lives.

Goals for the EBPI 

Stemming from Judge Baker’s overall mission, the EBPI works to achieve four primary goals:  

  1. Increase the adoption of research-informed policies, systems, and practices to address behavioral health needs and nurture healthy children and families.
  2. Provide well-researched resources and recommendations to policymakers, advocates, state and national stakeholders.
  3. Work collaboratively with national, state, and community partners to put recommendations into practice and advocate for legislative and systemic change.
  4. Train the next generation of leaders through multi-disciplinary professional training opportunities.