Through the community-based work of the 15-member cohort, the goal of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Change in Mind initiative is to determine if this groundbreaking science can transform policies to move the needle on some of the most difficult social issues facing our communities.

The expertise of the cohort was employed to further this goal, as well as inform the greater public with the development of this guide to provide insight and direction to the broader field on using brain science to inform policy.

Developed by the Change in Mind Initiative Policy Community of Practice, the policy guide declares that while science is the foundation, the perspectives of the families and communities served should also influence policy.

After the guide reviews the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University research on what is takes to build healthy brains, it details 10 values and five principles of brain science-infused policy and recommend that they guide policy deliberations.

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