The George Gund Foundation has awarded a $120,000 grant to the Schubert Center for Child Studies to sustain its Child Policy Initiative (CPI) through 2009. Established three years ago with the foundation's support, CPI has worked to strengthen the connections among research, education, and child policy at Case Western Reserve University.
Under the leadership of Schubert Center director Jill Korbin and CPI director Molly Irwin, the Child Policy Initiative has mobilized faculty participation in policy-related activities and created opportunities for increased contact between researchers and the policy community.
CPI has instituted three undergraduate courses in child policy. One of these courses includes an experiential learning trip to Washington, D.C., and in alternate years, to Columbus, Ohio, to meet with policy organizations and policymakers so that students can get a firsthand look at the policymaking process. Through an externship program funded by the Mann Endowment, students also have worked with policy-focused organizations in the Cleveland area.
Another highlight of CPI's first three years was the publication of As Life Unfolds: Research on Children and Childhood at Case Western Reserve University, a compendium that helped make policymakers, public officials and the broader public aware of the range of child-related research conducted by the faculty.
To encourage dialogue among researchers, policymakers and community members, the Schubert Center conducts an ongoing seminar series, "Case Conversations on Children in Research and Policy," that invites active involvement by all three constituencies. At each conversation, CPI publishes a Child Policy Brief summarizing the research presented and its policy implications. The policy briefs are also available online at the Schubert site.
The 2007-08 Case Conversations on Children in Research and Policy
These seminars, accompanied by a light lunch, take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, they will be held in the 1914 Lounge in the Thwing Center, 11111 Euclid Ave. Each session includes a presentation by a faculty member and a response from a policymaker or an expert from the community. The Case Conversations are free and open to the public.
Posted by: Kimyette Finley, September 25, 2007 09:06 AM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Collaborations/Partnerships, College of Arts and Sciences, Community Outreach, Faculty, General, Grants, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Public Policy/Politics, Research
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