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  1. University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium Information session for current & potential members* May 5, 2011 *This session was designed specifically for entities that are interested in joining the Consortium

  2. Speakers • Matt Stagner, Ph.D., Consortium Steering Committee member, Executive Director of Chapin Hall Center for Children & Families at the University of Chicago, & Senior Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. • Jenni Owen, MPA, Consortium Director and Interest Group Co-Chair, Director of Policy Initiatives at the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. • Sara Benning, MLS, Consortium Interest Group Co-Chair, Policy Coordinator at the University of Minnesota’s Children, Youth and Family Consortium. • Rachel Gordon, Ph.D., Consortium Steering Committee member & Interest Group Chair, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a faculty member of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at UIC.

  3. University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium Who we are • A national, interdisciplinary organization of university-based entities that focus on child and family policy, broadly defined. • Membership is at an organization level. All affiliated faculty, staff, undergraduate & graduate students may fully participate. (Note: The opportunity for individual memberships is in discussion.) • Members vary from large university-based entities with multi-million dollar budgets to a small department of a few people.

  4. Our mission An organized and intentional forum fostering • Research - sharing of the latest findings and strategies for conducting policy-relevant research and facilitation of scientific collaboration around child and family policy issues, • Careers - cross-disciplinary training at the undergraduate, graduate, and junior faculty level that supports the next generation of child and family policy researchers, and • Engagement - effective translation between research, practice, and policy issues and efforts to use research to inform policy.

  5. The Consortium is evolving • We began in 2002 with a handful of interested university leaders to over 25 member universities in 2011 • Started to build infrastructure • Received funding to develop a Strategy & Business Plan from the Foundation for Child Development. • Launched website • Continue to grow • Interest Group chairs established • Co-sponsored an event at SRCD • Consortium founded • Engaged in many new substantive activities • Interest Groups formed and met regularly • Website enhancements • APPAM proposal accepted • Occasional meetings of members

  6. Governance/Administration • Currently led by Steering Committee of 5 elected individuals from member institutions. • Karen Cadigan, Ph.D., University of Minnesota • Ken Dodge, Ph.D., Duke University • Rachel Gordon, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago • Anna Johnson, Ph.D., Columbia University • Matthew Stagner, Ph.D., University of Chicago • Organized around Interest Groups (see following slides) • 2002-2009: Administratively housed at Georgetown University • Facilitated by Deborah Phillips, Ph.D. • 2010: Administration transferred to Duke University • Director Jenni Owen, MPA (Director of Policy Initiatives at the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University)

  7. Interest Groups • Primary benefit for members • Interest Groups are working groups that meet via regular monthly conference calls • The groups are organized around the core components of the Consortium’s mission

  8. Careers Interest Group Activities • Conducted a nation-wide survey of university student, staff and faculty members’ interest in, access to and use of career development mechanisms • Creation of a student internship position • Focus on developing mentoring opportunities for students, staff, and faculty Upcoming Calls • Monday, May 16 (11-12 EST/10-11 CST)Discussion about options/ideas for developing a summer training institute (Meets monthly, every 3rd Monday) Chaired by Sara Benning, MLS (University of Minnesota, & Stephanie Curenton, Ph.D. (Rutgers University,

  9. University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium – Visit us at Research Interest Group Activities • Presentation of "works in progress" by members • Discussion of pragmatic research challenges for policy researchers Upcoming Calls • Tuesday, May 10 (1-2 EST/12-1 CST)“Navigating Promotion and Tenure as a Policy Scholar” (Speaker: Cathy Jordan, Director, Children, Youth, and Family Consortium, University of Minnesota Conference ) • Tuesday, June 14 (1-2 EST/12-1 CST)“Incorporating Biomarkers Into Policy-Relevant Social Science Research” (Speaker: Emma Adam, Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University) (Meets monthly, every 2nd Tuesday) • Chaired by Rachel Gordon, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Chicago, & • Ann-Marie Iselin, Ph.D. (Duke University,

  10. University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium – Visit us at Engagement Interest Group Activities • Discuss effective ways for researchers to communicate their work to policymakers • Form subgroups to strategize on how to inform policy on specific issues • Advise the Consortium on ways it can use its network and website as mechanisms for delivering academic research to policymakers • Recent guest speaker: John Turcotte, Director of the Program Evaluation Division of the North Carolina General Assembly, gave a presentation on effectively communicating research to policymakers. • Current initiative: The Early Childhood subgroup is preparing to approach the National Governor’s Association on childcare licensing (Meets twice a month, every 2nd Monday & 4th Friday, 11-12 EST/10-11 CST) Chaired by Jenni Owen, MPA (Duke University, & Ray Firth, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh,

  11. Other Consortium Resources • Networking events at conferences • Website resources: • Compendium of policy-relevant research briefs and reports • Syllabifor Child & Family Policy Classesat universities nationwide • Guide to Careers in Child & Family Policy • List serve: Join our list serve and receive updates on new research funding opportunities, child and family policy events, and Consortium news. Visit usat

  12. Participation is encouraged at all levels by

  13. Membership benefits for FACULTY & RESEARCH SCIENTISTS • Use the Consortium Interest Group network to connect with policy researchers in the same field • Get tips on how to effectively communicate your research to policymakers • Join individuals from other universities to learn about career opportunities FACULTY-SPECIFIC: • Use the Careers Interest Group as a source of support for students interested in policy-relevant tracts • Discuss how to navigate the challenges of being a policy researcher in an academic department

  14. Membership benefits for STUDENTS • Use Interest Groups and Consortium events to identify possible mentors who conduct policy-relevant work in your field or assist with a Consortium project • Connect with other students across universities

  15. Recent Accomplishments • Developed a strategic plan for the Consortium • Increased membership • Co-Sponsored The Edward Zigler SRCD Biennial Policy Pre-Conference: “From Neurons to… Policy” • Proposal accepted for the 2010 APPAM conference and submitted for the 2011 conference • Expanded the website to include publications, employment opportunities, and other relevant announcements.

  16. More Accomplishments • Established 3 working Interest Groups • The Careers group conducted an extensive survey (N=500) of faculty and students that assessed demand for Consortium career-development services. • The Engagement group hosted calls with the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Governor’s Association. • The Engagement group formed an early childhood subgroup. • The Research group developed a proposal in response to SRCD’s RFP in conjunction with SRCD’s strategic plan.

  17. Current Consortium efforts • Create an Expert Database as a resource for policymakers seeking expert advice and researchers seeking collaborators • Create a searchable database of policy briefs • Develop a prestigious Consortium Award • Create a lecture series to communicate research on child and family policy topics to policymakers We are a young, dynamic organization that is ever-evolving to meet the needs of our members

  18. Current Members See website for list of members

  19. How to get involved • Join our list serve (free) • Become a member ($1,000 annual dues per organization) • Become a student intern. Contact Sara Benning at for details. For more information or to become a member E-mail: Shannon Smithat or call 919-613-9303 Visit us at:

  20. Questions?