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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

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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  • 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)

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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

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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, [email protected]) &

Stephanie Curenton, Ph.D. (Rutgers University, [email protected])

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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)

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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, [email protected]) &

Ray Firth, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh, [email protected]).

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Other Consortium Resources us at

  • 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

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Participation is encouraged at all levels by us at

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Membership benefits for us at http://www.childpolicyuniversityconsortium.comFACULTY & 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


  • 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

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Membership benefits for us at http://www.childpolicyuniversityconsortium.comSTUDENTS

  • 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

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Recent Accomplishments us at

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Current Consortium efforts us at

  • 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

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Current Members us at

See website for list of members

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How to get involved us at

  • Join our list serve (free)

  • Become a member ($1,000 annual dues per organization)

  • Become a student intern. Contact Sara Benning at [email protected] for details.

    For more information or to become a member

    E-mail: Shannon Smithat [email protected]

    or call 919-613-9303

    Visit us at:

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