Working Groups

The Institute of Human Development and Social Change represents a dynamic collaboration of New York University's Schools of Arts and Science, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The Institute provides support for NYU faculty to conduct multidisciplinary research on human development and changing social contexts. A central goal is to bridge the longstanding disconnect between research in human development across the lifespan and policies and practices that affect children, youth, adults, and families.

Below, working groups are listed by faculty member, NYU unit, and working group title, followed by a brief description of the group activities and goals.

(Click on the project titles for a short summary.)


IHDSC Working Groups Fall 2016

Achieving the intended outcomes of policies and programs to support children and families is largely driven by the ability/quality of the workforce across settings (e.g., education, medicine, juvenile justice). There is a growing recognition that many workforces are under-prepared to achieve the goals of their work. This working group is comprised of faculty across NYU who are deeply invested in supporting workforces in order to help them reach their potential and thereby optimize outcomes for children and their families. The focus of this working group is to foster discussions that lead to the dissemination of knowledge regarding lessons learned in various contexts about workforce development and support. We anticipate submitting a proposal for a special issue for a journal focused on the issue of workforce development in Fall 2017.

We will organize a small conference on Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs, in which presenters will be selected from the fields of developmental psychology, sociology, education, and economics. The objective is to have a mix of researchers at the conference, some of whom have expertise in actually running such programs in the field, others who have done extensive empirical analyses of the impacts of such programs on child outcomes, and others who have done more theoretical work on the optimal structuring of such programs. After the conference, we will determine the feasibility of and interest in producing a grant proposal by some subset of participants, or even a small conference volume based on the papers presented at the conference.