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Welcome to IHDSC

The Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) represents a dynamic collaboration among three NYU schools: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Faculty of Arts and Science; and Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

IHDSC supports rigorous research and training across social, behavioral, educational, policy, communication, and health sciences. Through collaborative and interdisciplinary research, IHDSC works to bridge the disconnect between the science of human development and policies and practices that affect children, youth, and families in diverse contexts.

Social Science for Impact Forum Spring 2020 Research Competition

IHDSC is pleased to announce the 2020 Social Science for Impact research competition! Social Science for Impact aims to support graduate students and early career researchers in conducting research using one or more of the health, housing, and education datasets available at NYU to answer compelling research questions and inform viable social policies.

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COVID-19 Resources for the IHDSC Community

IHDSC offers a collection of readings and resources we have compiled in an effort to help bridge the disconnect between what we know from research and practice and what we do to support children, families, and communities.

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Recent Blogs:

Bringing STEM Home

Dr. Moira R. Dillon, Assistant Professor of Psychology, helps families can bring STEM home and even to contribute to science, so that children can have fun and learn and researchers can test and improve STEM curricula for the future.

Discovery and Learning through Play at Home

IHDSC postdoctoral fellows explore the ways the infants benefit from playing at home, as well as ways that family can encourage play.

Educating Children Remotely

Hannah Ellerbeck, research coordinator for the Chicago School Readiness Project, has provided analysis and resources for educators to actively prevent social and emotional setbacks caused by COVID-19.

Unraveling Inequality, Expanding Opportunity

Inequality is prevalent in health, education, justice, and technology — in our own backyard and around the globe. Enriching opportunities that engender positive outcomes are distributed inequitably to children and youth in our communities. To bring groundbreaking, rigorous research and collaborative engagement to bear on this challenge, the Institute’s 2019-2020 theme is “Unraveling Inequality, Expanding Opportunity.”

What does this mean for the year ahead?
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Initiatives

IHDSC hosts a range of initiatives aimed at catalyzing new programs of multidisciplinary research, linking people across divides to solve social problems, building intellectual community, and disseminating research evidence to policymakers, practitioners, and general audiences.

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Select Projects

Global TIES for Children

Global TIES for Children is an international research center at New York University dedicated to designing, evaluating and advising on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe.

CONNECT

The CONNECT lab at NYU conducts research to understand and strengthen contexts for learning and mental health in low-income education settings. We study natural opportunities for academic, social, and emotional learning via productive relationships and quality interactions.

IES-PIRT

For over a decade, IHDSC and faculty from seven NYU academic units have trained incoming and advanced doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences.

Systems Aligning For Equity

The aim of SAFE Spaces (formerly RISC) is to examine the setting-level characteristics and processes that occur in child welfare settings and explore their association with outcomes for youth.

Partnership

IHDSC's approach to partnership is guided by a set of principles and the aim to create new knowledge of effective policies and practices and their implementation across multiple sectors and settings, and build the capacity to eliminate disparities and foster learning, health, and development for children and youth in our communities.

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