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Case’s Schubert Center for Child Development receives $150,000 from George Gund Foundation

The Schubert Center for Child Development in Case Western Reserve University’s College of Arts and Sciences wants to move its research out of the classroom and into the policy making arena.

To that end, the Center is establishing a Child Policy Initiative, a multidisciplinary program of education, research and communication focused on children and childhood. The initiative is being launched with the help of a two-year, $150,000 grant from The George Gund Foundation.

Jill Korbin, associate dean of Case’s College of Arts and Sciences, professor of anthropology and co-director of the Schubert Center said, “Our goal is to produce an expanded community of scholars and students who focus on children, and who are actively engaged in communities of policymakers, practitioners and advocates, locally and nationally.

“Effective policies regarding children have to be grounded in good research. But the research cannot be applied unless it is framed in a way that policymakers can understand and translate into action,” Korbin added.

Korbin said that one of the most important elements of the initiative will be a series of policy briefs and background papers, summarizing in layman’s language the results of research performed at the center. The briefs will be sent to lawmakers and other public officials concerned with childhood issues.

Richard Settersten Jr., associate professor of sociology and co-director of the Schubert Center, said “We are adopting the technology transfer model used in science, moving research out of the university and into the realms of policy development and best practices.”

The Center also plans to make internal grants to Case faculty to stimulate research relevant to childhood policies.

Another use of the grant funds will be to create three new courses in childhood studies. The new courses should enable the College to expand its interdisciplinary minor in Childhood Studies to a major. Experts and policymakers in the field will be invited to deliver guest lectures, and students majoring in childhood studies will be required to perform externships.

In the area of communication, the Center will sponsor research forums to better bridge the gap between universities and policy and practice professionals; hire consultants to help faculty members communicate their research to policymakers; expand access to child-related research and experts on the Web; and work with the Human Development and Public Policy Consortium, a national network of university-based child policy experts, to disseminate research from Case and other universities.

The research forums will begin this fall, with a series of talks in the Schubert Center’s annual sponsored series, “Case Conversations on Children in Research and Policy.” More information about the Schubert Center is available on its web site at http://www.cwru.edu/artsci/schubert/index.htm.

 

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