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Talk focuses on faith-based organizations, Oct. 8

A lecture titled "Measuring the Effectiveness of Faith-Based Organizations: A Systematic Review of the Literature" is planned for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Byron Johnson, distinguished senior fellow and director of the Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak.

His research focuses on quantifying the effectiveness of faith-based organizations to confront various social problems. It also examines the dynamics of domestic violence with a view toward developing coordinated community responses that will reduce this behavior. His recent publications include two monographs on domestic violence published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and two studies published by the Manhattan Institute on the efficacy of the "faith factor" in reducing crime and drug use among at-risk youth in urban communities.

Johnson has directed 25 major research projects, and is in the process of launching with colleagues a groundbreaking study of faith-based and secular mentoring to Philadelphia's most disadvantaged and at-risk population -- the children of prisoners.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Office of External Affairs.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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