Research associate, Social Inclusion Team (Family Group)
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Research Associate, Social Inclusion Team, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Zohar Or Sharvit has worked at MJB since 2018. Her main research areas are: food insecurity, reduction of socio-economic gaps, and the social inclusion of minority populations and marginalized populations.
Zohar is a certified social worker and an expert on early childhood education. She has experience in occupational rehabilitation and in the care of people with disabilities and victims of trauma and loss as well as in the management, supervision, and instruction of educational teams in early-childhood educational settings (day-care centers, home-based child care, kindergartens and preschools, and extracurricular educational settings). Zohar has also instructed graduate students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on group guidance and has been engaged in the development of assessment tools, continuing education programs, and other educational programs.
Zohar holds a BA in Psychology and Education from the Open University and a BSW and an MA in Early Childhood Studies (the Schwartz Program), both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Zohar can be contacted by email at [email protected].
The Negev Bedouin Population and its Leaders – Values, Strengths, and Challenges
The goals of this study are: 1.To understand the values of the Negev Bedouin, their priorities, the characteristics of their community resilience, and their attitudes towards the local authority and the state. 2.To examine differences in values, strengths, and challenges between different groups within the Bedouin population so as to suit specific programs to each of the groups. 3. To understand the perceptions of the local Bedouin leadership regarding the unique values and needs of the population and the way in which these needs are met by the services and programs developed for this population. 4. To identify challenges in the implementation of plans to promote the socio-economic development of the Negev Bedouin, such as the five-year plan, and to make recommendations for their optimal implementation.
Reducing Socio-Economic Gaps Between Traditional-Tribal Minority Populations and Majority Population Groups: An International Review
The goals of this review were: (1) to learn from the experience of other countries about the strategies adopted and the ways of coping with the barriers involved in the implementation of plans for reducing socio-economic gaps between traditional-tribal minority populations with characteristics similar to those of the Bedouin population in the Negev and the general population in their countries of residence; (2) to map the best practices (including the tools and actions) employed by various countries in line with the unique culture and values of the traditional-tribal minority populations to assist headquarters officials and field personnel in the implementation of policy for reducing socio-economic gaps. The review is intended to serve as a basis for improving the development and provision of services for the Bedouin population in the Negev in view of its unique characteristics, its needs, and the barriers and challenges that it faces.
Food Insecurity in Israel: Review of Characteristics, Interventions and Challenges
The objective of this work was to help construct a knowledge base on food insecurity in Israel to assess its scope and identify its characteristics and challenges based on a review of the current literature.
Children and Youth
Parenting Options for LGBT and Single Parents: An International Review of Policy and Practice
The goal of this review is to provide policymakers with comprehensive information about all possibilities available for realizing parenthood by singles and LGBT couples, and particularly about fertility and treatments, surrogacy, fostering and adoption.
Children and Youth
Parental Coordination Program: A Formative Evaluation Study
This formative evaluation study was conducted to help the heads of the pilot program adapt the Parental Coordination Program to Israeli families, to examine its implementation and outcomes, and to assist policymakers in deciding on program improvements and dissemination throughout the country.
Children and Youth
Community Service Program for Youth Offenders: A Summative Evaluation Study
The study had two main goals: a. To provide the Youth Probation Service and MOLSA with information on how the program was implemented within the organization and as an intervention with the participants b. To learn about the program’s benefit to the participants
Children and Youth
Promoting Safe Online Behavior among School Students: Literature Review and Extraction of Tacit Knowledge from School-Based Programs
The study goals were to identify factors that contribute to the success of school-based programs to promote safe online behavior and to recommend policy and program development.
Coping with the Impacts of COVID-19 on People Living in Ongoing Poverty: An International Review
Main topics The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially severe for individuals and families living in poverty. This is due to their greater exposure to the disease and its dangers, the setback to employment or work amid exposure and danger, additional new expenses, downsized public transportation, widening scholastic gaps, increasing dependence on bureaucracy and digital services, […]
Sharvit, Z. O., Sorek, Y., & Honigman, I. (2022). Parenting coordination–Outcome measurement and prediction: Implications for research and practice. Family Court Review. doi.org/10.1111/fcre.12688