The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) is one of four main research institutes housed within the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The research team at ICYFP engages in both quantitative and qualitative research studies of children and families as well as the social policies that directly affect their well-being.
Disparities by racial and ethnic background, gender, disability status, immigrant status, and socioeconomic status are all factors that define the current state of inequality for young people and their families. Research at ICYFP is strongly focused on understanding and quantifying these disparities as they manifest themselves in opportunities for good health, education, and financial stability. Once quantified, this research seeks to link these areas of known disparity to existing social policies in an effort to inform policymakers and achieve an equitable outcome for all.
The Institute is also home to the concentration in Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) of the Heller School PhD Program in Social Policy. CYF students work regularly with researchers on our various projects during the regular academic year as well as during summer internships. The ICYFP scientists and staff act as professors, mentors, and research collaborators with PhD candidates who are also interested in analyzing and improving the policies that affect the well-being of families and young people in the US as well as globally.