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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.

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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.

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 unit have trained incoming and advanced doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences.

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,

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Project News

Approaches to Protect Children's Access to Health and Human Services

This report provides an overview of the impacts of both the pre-existing policies on program benefit use and the enforcement climate and furthering of restrictions on legal immigrants’ access to public benefits on children and youth development, as well as some of the policy responses that can potentially mitigate these adverse impacts.

Research Partnerships: Dr. Dillon & MoMath

Dr. Moira Dillon and Cindy Lawrence, Executive Director of the National Museum of Mathematics, received an IHDSC Seed Award to recruit children for interactive in-museum experiments to investigate how children reason about the general properties of geometric figures. Dillon and Lawrence talk about the process of developing their research partnership.

Perspectives on "A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty"

On 10/30, join us for an expert discussion of evidence-based policies and programs for reducing child poverty by half in the next 10 years.

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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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