Bringing together evidence and innovation to improve results

Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII) is a non-profit organization specializing in policies and programs affecting vulnerable and disconnected youth and young adults, especially those who have been involved in child welfare or juvenile justice systems.  We believe that every young person deserves our collective best effort – to craft policies develop strategies, and implement programs that are informed by research, delivered with compassion, and motivated by an ongoing desire to help young people achieve their full potential. 

June 19, 2017
YPII has received a 2017 Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting Support Grant Award from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. We will utilize the funds to conduct research to inform policies and make program and practice recommendations related to early pregnancies and parenting among youth in and alumni of foster care. [Read more]  

April 17, 2017

YPII is pleased to join Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC) and the Polk County Continuum of Care Board in a collaborative project to develop a comprehensive plan to end youth homelessness in Polk County.  [Read more]

YPII recognizes the value of authentic youth voice and the importance of building strong youth-adult partnerships to promote positive change.  We empower and support youth to draw from their unique, real-life experiences in order to influence policies and procedures that impact their lives. 


YPII routinely evaluates data to identify key youth issues, monitor outcomes and inform decision-making. This involves secondary analysis of data from various national, state and local sources to help decision-makers understand youth issues and trends. YPII also conducts primary data collection, analysis and reporting of program-level data to assess and improve youth services.


YPII strives for equity and inclusion for all young people. Aware of the disproportionality and disparity in child welfare and other youth-serving systems, we are committed to using a race equity lens in our efforts to reduce disparities and improve outcomes for all young people.