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Dale A. Blyth, PhD

Extension Professor and Howland Endowed Chair in Youth Leadership Development
School of Social Work
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota
1404 Gortner Ave
St. Paul, MN  55108

blyth004@umn.edu
1-612-624-2188
http://www1.extension.umn.edu/youth/bios/dale-blyth.html

Current work, research and interests

Dale Blyth currently leads an initiative to promote understanding and action on social and emotional learning of Minnesota’s youth. Overall, he provides leadership for applied research in youth development at the intersection of Extension and the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. These efforts are focused on understanding whether and how the field makes measurable differences in the quality, availability, and impact of non-formal community learning opportunities for and with youth. He also uses his diverse background in university, non-profit, and policy work to connect practitioners, researchers, funders, and policy makers in order to improve the generation and use of research in youth development. He is currently examining new pathways to improve the impact of youth programs through aligning different types of data and accountability – particularly around social and emotional learning. He has written and presented about different perspectives and implications of expanding learning opportunities, the role of intermediary organizations in transforming community approaches to the quality, accessibility and impact of community learning opportunities and the role of larger policy frameworks and tools for effective, long-term changes in children and youth outcomes here and in Europe.

Career

From 1998 to 2011, Dale served as the Associate Dean for Youth Development and the Director of the Extension Center for Youth Development where he helped create the Youth Work Institute that reached more than 4000 youth workers annually with exceptional non-credit educational experiences; lead a series of symposia and webinars that bridged research, practice, programs, policy, and public understanding; and oversaw the Minnesota 4-H program reaching 130,000 youth annually. In 2004-2005 Dale served as chief of staff for the university president's Minnesota Commission on Out of School Time and its report Journeys into Community: Transforming Youth Opportunities for Learning and Development. Working in collaboration with four legislative co-chairs, he helped found and support the bipartisan, bicameral Children and Youth Legislative Caucus. Dale served as the founding Executive Secretary for the Society for Research on Adolescence for 10 years. In his career he has helped start several journals in the field and served on multiple editorial boards including New Directions for Youth Development, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Journal of Youth Development, Journal of Early Adolescence, and Applied Developmental Science. He is a member of Twin Cities Generation Next Data Committee, Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Executive Committee, St. Paul Sprockets Leadership Team, the Greater Twin Cities United Way Helping Youth Succeed Committee and the Accountability and Investment Committee (and a former board member) of Youthprise. He also helped shape the Hennepin County AGRAD effort. He is a frequent public speaker in the U.S. and Europe and occasional consultant for initiatives designed to enhance young people’s community learning opportunities.

Academic degrees and experience

  • PhD in sociology, University of Minnesota, 1977.
  • Pre-doctoral fellow in interdisciplinary evaluation research methodology, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1976.
  • B.A. in sociology and psychology, graduated summa cum laude, Luther College, 1971.
  • He has previously served on the faculty of Ohio State University’s Psychology Department  and Cornell University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies. In addition to his role as Extension Professor in the School of Social Work he has adjunct appointments with the Institute for Child Development and the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.
  • In addition to his university roles, Dr. Blyth served as the director of Research and Evaluation and Strategic initiatives units at Search Institute and the directed the Center for Adolescent Health Analysis at the American Medical Association.

Current work, research and interests

Dale Blyth provides leadership for applied research in youth development at the intersection of Extension and the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. These efforts are focused on understanding whether and how the field makes measurable differences in the quality, availability, and impact of non-formal community learning opportunities for and with youth. He also uses his diverse background in university, non-profit, and policy work to connect practitioners, researchers, funders, and policy makers and improve the generation and use of research in youth development. He is currently examining new pathways to improve the impact of youth programs through aligning different types of data and accountability.  He has written and presented about different perspectives and implications of extending learning time versus expanding learning approaches, the role of intermediary organizations in transforming community approaches to the quality, accessibility and impact of community learning opportunities and the role of larger policy frameworks and tools for effective, long-term changes in children and youth outcomes.

Publications

  1. Blyth, D., (2011). The Future of Youth Development: Multiple wisdoms, alternate pathways, aligned accountabilities. Journal of Youth Development. Volume 6, Number 3, Fall 2011.Blyth, D. & Lacroix-Dalluhn, L. (2011). Expanded learning time and opportunities: Key principles, driving perspectives, and major challenges. New Directions for Youth Development, 2011(131), 15-27

  2. Blyth, D. & Lacroix-Dalluhn, L. (2011). Expanded learning time and opportunities: Key principles, driving perspectives, and major challenges. New Directions for Youth Development, 2011(131), 15-27.

  3. Lochner, A., Allen, G., and Blyth, D. (2009). Exploring the Supply and Demand for Community Learning Opportunities in Minnesota: A Survey of Minnesota parents and Youth.

  4. Blyth, D., (2006). Toward a new paradigm for youth development. In Rethinking Programs for Youth in the Middle Years. Special Issue of New Directions for Youth Development, co-edited by Dale Blyth and Joyce Walker, Number 112, Winter 2006. Jossey-Bass Publisher.

  5. Walker, J., Marczak, M., Blyth, D. A., & Borden, L., (2005). Designing intentional youth programs: Toward a theory of developmental intentionality. In J. Mahoney, R. Larson, & J. Eccles (eds.), Organized activities as contexts for development: extracurricular activities, after-school and community programs. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum]]

  6. Scales, P.C., Benson, P.L., Leffert, N., & Blyth, D. (2000). Contribution of Development Assets to the Prediction of Thriving Among Adolescents. Applied Development Science, vol.2, no. 1, 27-46.

  7. Leffert, N., Benson, P.L., Scales, P.C., Sharma, A.R., Drake, D.R., and Blyth, D.A. (1998) Developmental Assets: Measurement and Prediction of Risk Behaviors among Adolescents.” Applied Developmental Science, vol.2, no. 4: 209-230.

  8. Benson, P.L., Leffert, N., Scales, P.C., and Blyth, D.A. (1998) Beyond the Village Rhetoric: Creating Healthy Communities for Children and Youth. Applied Developmental Science, vol.2, no. 1: 138-159

  9. Simmons, R. G. and Blyth, D. A. (1987)  Moving into Adolescence:  The  Impact of Pubertal Change and School  Context.  New York:  Aldine.

    In his career Dr. Blyth has co-authored two books including a classic longitudinal study of adolescent transitions, authored over 60 journal articles and book chapters, written multiple research and evaluation reports, edited multiple special issues of journals, and made over 100 international, national, and local presentations to scientific, professional, and popular audiences.


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