Children, Youth and Family Policy

We provide timely and relevant knowledge to help clients formulate policies, make funding decisions, and address emerging issues

The federal government supports a broad range of human services programs aimed at fostering family economic security, positive child and youth development, and healthy family functioning. We provide high-quality, objective information that helps our clients operate these programs effectively and efficiently.


For more than a decade, we have provided policy analysis, program assessments, research and evaluation, as well as training and technical assistance services.

Policy Analysis and Program Assessment
  • Assess outcomes and goals of federal, state, and local programs
  • Assist clients to conceptualize and formulate specific policy changes
  • Identify promising practices that can be documented and disseminated
Research and Evaluation
  • Review literature on various children-, youth-, and family-related topics
  • Design and conduct implementation and impact evaluations of programs and policies
  • Examine the availability and quality of information for making policy decisions
Training and Technical Assistance
  • Provide operational guidance to programs to strengthen or enhance their programs
  • Assist in the development of program performance management systems
  • Provide technical guidance on designing and executing rigorous program evaluations

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Health Outcomes in Children with Autism

NIH/NIHM database may lead to better understanding of health and risks

Using Optum claims data, we designed and conducted a two-year epidemiological study to better understand the health of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and that of their families. This effort, which included more than 35,000 children with ASD, included:

  • Investigating the validity of using claims data for studying risk factors associated with ASD
  • Comparing the overall health of children with ASD and their siblings and parents to families without ASD
  • Examining stress-related disorders among parents of both groups
  • Quantifying health care utilization and medication use among both groups

We detected differences in vaccination rates, increased injuries and increased use of psychiatric medications and polypharmacy among children with ASD. This research has led to three pending publications in scientific journals.

"Throughout the engagement, Lewin consultants listened to us and delivered superb analyses and thoughtful guidance–not canned solutions.