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International Seminars on Child Welfare Research


On March 2015, Myers-JDC-Brookdale and the Haruv Institute held two joint seminars on child welfare research. Our guest lecturer was Prof. Matthew Stagner from the Mathematica Policy Research Institute at the University of Chicago.

Over 40 participants heard about Stagner’s experience in building evidence-based studies of the effectiveness of programs for children and youth as well as for transitions to adulthood and the working world among disadvantaged youth and young adults. The ensuing discussion focused on how evidence-based research fits into the work of MJB, Haruv, JDC-Ashalim, and the government’s National Program for Children and Youth at Risk.

MJB’s Marshall Weinberg Fund for Professional Development and Collaboration supported this important international professional exchange. As always, the seminars provided an opportunity for MJB researchers and its Israeli professional partners to learn from a leading international expert and to share their work with other Israeli researchers in this field.

Prof. Stagner is the director of human services research at the Mathematica Institute. He is a nationally known expert on youth development and risk behaviors, child welfare, evaluation design and methods and the role of research in policymaking.

Prior to joining Mathematica, Prof. Stagner served as executive director of Chapin Hall center for Children and as a member of the faculty at the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies, at the University of Chicago. He has served as director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute and director of the Division of Children and Youth Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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