At Global TIES for Children we work with strategic partners to design, evaluate and advise on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe. We work with the world’s leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments in low-income (LI) and conflict-affected (CA) countries on developing and evaluating innovative approaches to promoting holistic development of children and their communities. Together with our key strategic partner organizations, our work leverages cutting-edge scientific methods and interdisciplinary collaboration to:

  • Generate actionable evidence to promote child and youth development by conducting and evaluating powerful strategies to transform relevant “social settings” (i.e., classrooms, families, communities, etc.) that are key drivers of children’s learning and well-being;
  • Communicate actionable evidence by engaging diverse stakeholders across sectors and regions and disseminating a rigorous evidence base to inform program and policy decisions for children and youth in LI and CA countries;
  • Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity for a robust global science and practice through the provision of professional development and training activities.

Our research contributes to growing evidence that improvements in the resources and relationships within families, schools, and communities are key to enabling children to develop to their full cognitive, social-emotional, and physical potential. Moreover, using recent methodological advances, our work is able to demonstrate how quality improvements in health, education, and social protection systems can produce measurable changes in these same resources and relationships which in turn can improve children’s outcomes.

Taken together, we believe that evidence from this science base holds great promise for addressing the 21st-century challenges that policy makers, NGOs, and researchers face: How do programs and policies to promote children’s development work? And how can programs and policies be most effective when implemented across diverse contexts and at scale? In turn, children can have the supports they need to grow up to be healthy and productive citizens who can advance a future of global prosperity and sustainable development.