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

IHDSC cultivates an intellectual community focused on issues related to poverty and inequality, education and child development, health and wellbeing, and social policy in local, national, and global contexts. Faculty, students, and staff work together to create knowledge (research), transmit knowledge (education), and use knowledge to promote change (policy and practice).

Research projects at IHDSC are funded by a wide variety of sources, including federal, private foundation, and international sponsors. IHDSC also provides internal support for faculty and researchers through its Seed Award and Working Group programs. These IHDSC initiatives are aimed at jumpstarting new programs of interdisciplinary research; facilitating new collaborations among faculty from different disciplines, schools, and departments; and encouraging intellectual products and goals aligned with the IHDSC mission.

Areas of Focus

Education and Child Development

IHDSC researchers examine children's social-emotional development, observe classroom interactions, enhance parent decision-making, and improve educational opportunities for all children.

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Race, Poverty, and Inequality

Institute researchers examine neighborhood disinvestment, income security, and instability, discrimination and persistent segregation, intergenerational mobility, and economic scarcity.

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Justice and Welfare Systems

Institute researchers make evidence-based recommendations for policies and programs that can reduce inequality and improve outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.

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Health and Wellbeing

IHDSC affiliates study the health and wellbeing of children, youth, and adults with an emphasis on mental and behavioral health, risks, and protective factors, and environmental influences.

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IHDSC's approach to partnership is guided by a set of partnership 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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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. (Photo by Hira Hassan)

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