The Mandel School is home to five research and training centers that are organized to facilitate collaboration in research and training between faculty and community partners, including human service agencies, service delivery systems and policy makers.
- Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
- Center for Evidence-Based Practices
- Center on Trauma and Adversity
- Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
- Community Innovation Network
- National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities
Many initiatives are multidisciplinary and multi-institutional partnerships that address social problems, social-work practice and social policy. There is a strong emphasis upon dissemination — using cutting-edge knowledge to enhance practice and service delivery in the community. The centers also provide opportunities for students to participate in all aspects of the research process.
The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education is home to a distinguished group of applied community-based research, evaluation, training and technical assistance specialists in operation for more than 20 years. With grants and contracts of nearly $6 million annually, the center serves as a research partner to various local, state and national non-profit, foundation and government organizations to learn innovative ways to address some of society's most pressing problems.
The Center for Evidence-Based Practices is a technical-assistance organization that promotes knowledge development and the implementation of evidence-based practices for the treatment and recovery of people with mental illness and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. The center also implements and studies emerging best practices in an effort to identify innovations that consistently generate improved outcomes. The center is a partnership between the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.
Established in April 2018, The Center on Trauma and Adversity aims to reduce the impact of trauma and adversity through advanced training and integrated research to develop a skilled trauma-informed workforce. Led by Founding Director Megan R. Holmes, PhD., The Trauma Center was created with a group of Mandel School faculty to respond to the need for trauma-focused research and the development of trained social workers who can effectively assess, intervene, and treat people and communities affected by trauma—to help them experience healing, overcome adversity, reduce suffering, and achieve recovery and resilience.
The mission of the Poverty Center is to create, communicate and apply valuable knowledge to a broad range of audiences and constituents concerned with the ultimate goal of reducing urban poverty and its consequences. The center embraces humanistic values and a participatory approach to research—all of which places primary value on being responsive to the research questions and issues that emerge from residents and the community. The center conducts research studies and produces both academic, peer-reviewed research papers, and numerous summaries and data briefs aimed at the broader audience of policy-makers, activists and the general public. Additionally, the Poverty Center houses the Community Innovation Network.
The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC) helps reduce urban poverty and promote successful mixed-income communities by conducting high-quality research and making information and evidence easily available to policymakers and practitioners. NIMC conducts research and evaluation, maintains informational resources, brokers learning exchanges, and provides technical assistance and consulting. The center has worked in several neighborhoods across Cleveland and in more than 10 U.S. cities, helping refine city and organizational mixed-income development strategies; shape government and organizational policy; increase organizational and individual capacity; and promote more effective practice and better outcomes for residents of revitalizing neighborhoods.