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Research, Policy, and Practice

For over a decade, IHDSC has aimed to influence policy and practice by conducting rigorous research and generating scientific evidence about what works, for whom, and under what conditions. In recent years, many faculty affiliates have taken on this goal more directly by forming active partnerships with governmental agencies, non-profit and community-based organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These partnerships span local, national, and global contexts and aim to build capacity and support system-level change effects to increase access to and effectiveness of services for more children and families. 

Partnership Principles

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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Partnership Projects & News

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.

ACROSS

ACROSS is a research-practice partnership (RPP) between researchers at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change and a cross-unit team at Good Shepherd Services. Goals are to produce shared knowledge, strengthen best practices, and build evaluation capacity in diverse out-of-school settings.