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Social Science for Impact Forum

Using administrative data in education, health, and housing for scientific advances and policy solutions

Each year, NYU researchers analyze New York State Medicaid, New York City Department of Education, and New York City subsidized housing data to discover new patterns of family experiences and outcomes and inform new approaches to fighting poverty, reducing inequality, and expanding opportunity in our communities. NYU’s Social Science for Impact Forum featured presentations from Dr. Sherry Glied, Dr. Ingrid Ellen, and Dr. James Kemple about three NYU-housed datasets (e.g., HEAL, CoreData, and SCHMA).

Apply for the Social Science for Impact 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. Successful applicants will receive prizes of between $500 and $1,000 for project activities taking place between June and September 2020. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis between May 11th, 2020 and June 15th, 2020. Prizes will be awarded on a rolling basis.

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This event is sponsored by

NYU Office of the President

Scholarship for social impact represents a cornerstone priority for President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine Fleming. To advance this priority, NYU has created the Cross-Cutting Initiative on Inequality, a powerful framework to leverage NYU knowledge and action to address pressing challenges facing our nation and world.

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Institute of Human Development and Social Change

The Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) supports rigorous research and training across social, behavioral, educational, policy, communication, and health sciences.

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Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service prepares public service leaders to translate ideas into actions that have an effective and lasting impact on the public good.

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Urban Initiative

Established in the early 19th century to address the higher education needs of a rapidly growing New York City, NYU has been from its origins a consciously urban university. Today, with a major presence not only in New York but in major cities on every continent, NYU is urban.

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PRIISM, the Center for Practice and Research at the Intersection of Information, Society, and Methodology, is an interdisciplinary center that builds capacity for researchers within academia and beyond to collect data, build inferential models and predictive algorithms, and communicate findings in impactful and socially responsible ways.

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Research Alliance for New York City Schools

The Research Alliance is an important and growing part of NYC’s civic infrastructure, conducting rigorous studies on topics that matter to the City’s public schools and striving to advance equity and excellence in education by providing evidence about policies and practices that promote student success.

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Since 2008, NYU’s Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program has trained 57 of the University’s highest caliber doctoral students in the Education Sciences with a substantive focus on “learning in context.”

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Other Funding Opportunities Through IHDSC

IHDSC Seed Award Program

IHDSC is committed to funding new projects that bridge multiple domains of expertise and further the mission of the Institute.

IHDSC Working Group Program

The IHDSC working group program gathers diverse faculty and researchers to achieve intellectual and practical goals aligned with our mission. Working groups are faculty-initiated, include scholars from multiple disciplines, and involve collaboration toward a specific goal.