In June 2013, VECF launched leadership strategies for research, evaluation and policy to provide service to communities across Virginia in analyzing data, guiding research and evaluation, and discerning policy implications for the state’s system of school readiness services for young children. The work is guided by VECF’s Advisors Council, comprised of policy, research, and evaluation experts, as well as by the practical findings from the network of Smart Beginnings initiatives. This distinguished group of experts includes:
Thanks to the generosity of Board Member Emeritus, Thomas N. Chewning, VECF has in-house capacity for data analysis and policy development. Chewning Fellows, experts in research and evaluation, facilitate the work of the Advisors Council, oversee and implement VECF’s research and evaluation agenda, and manage data systems strategies.