Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy

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Team Research Skills and Expertise

Data Collection, Analysis and Warehousing

ICYFP staff members are experts at collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data for diverse clients ranging from small non-profits and foundations to federal contracts. Past projects have included expert data integration, database development, and data warehousing. Our projects also include extensive indicator development through preparation of public and private de-identified national datasets. The integration of multiple indicators and datasets is also used to create comprehensive economic, education, neighborhood and demographic indices across varying geographies and populations. In-house data analysis includes GIS mapping of geographic and spatial datasets and indices. A special effort is made to showcase data gaps and the drawbacks these present in the bigger picture of data and policy analysis. The ICYFP projects are available online in a user-friendly format for optimal research dissemination and have resulted in user friendly websites and publication of numerous reports, briefs, peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Policy Analysis and Evaluation

ICYFP conducts, disseminates, and publishes analyses of social policy related to outcomes for children and families. These policy analyses include policy impact and equity assessments with a special attention to racial/ethnic background and other vulnerable populations (such as children with disabilities and immigrants). Our team is skilled in the creation and interpretation of logic models and outcome measures to determine conceptual frameworks for policy evaluation. The data and subsequent findings from these analyses provide information and support to policymakers who are key to the development and improvement of child, youth, and family policy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Determinants of Health/Health Epidemiology
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Equity
  • Housing and Neighborhood Policy
  • Work-Family Balance and Labor Policy
  • Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention
  • Education and Achievement Gaps
  • Health Literacy/Health Communications
  • Infant Mortality
  • Disability Policy
  • Immigrant Health Outcomes

Skills and Capabilities

  • Survey Research Methods
  • Focus Groups and Interviews
  • Evidence-Based Policy Assessment
  • Cochrane Systematic Reviews
  • Health Impact Assessments
  • Program Evaluation (Impact and Process)
  • Analysis of Secondary Data Sources
  • Dissemination of Policy-Relevant Findings
  • GIS Mapping
  • Data Management and Warehousing 

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