Research involves many phases, such as forming partnerships, conceptualizing ideas, securing funding, conducting the research, interpreting findings, disseminating findings to others, and putting findings into action. CYFC can provide assistance to academic and community researchers and other stakeholders at each of these phases (see Our Services).
However, CYFC also generates its own research knowledge and disseminates that knowledge to practitioners, policymakers and academic audiences. We also keep our eye on what’s happening at other institutions. Here is a summary of recent research projects.
CYFC is conducting a qualitative research study on how Minnesota policymakers use and access different sources of information around early childhood policy decision-making. Specifically, we're interested in whether legislator's thinking and decision-making around early childhood policies changes after experiencing the Wonder Years exhibition about the science of early childhood, or after listening in on citizen dialogues on early childhood issues.
Partners in Research: Promoting Evidence-Based Children’s Mental Health Practices for Culturally Diverse Communities
In 2008, the Children, Youth & Family Consortium received a unique grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support a partnership between the University of Minnesota and members of a Cultural Providers Network. This Partners in Research grant was awarded jointly to CYFC and the Network to develop and evaluate specific mechanisms of successful collaboration between a higher education institution and community providers.
The two-year project aimed to:
- Develop measurable strategies to create an effective collaborative process.
- Create and evaluate opportunities for the scientific community and community providers to increase mutual understanding of each other’s definitions of effectiveness, standards of evidence, criteria for cultural appropriateness, and ways of knowing.
- Identify culturally-specific mental health practices and design a culturally relevant process to establish their effectiveness.
- Identify established evidence-based practices that could be adopted without modification or adapted for culturally diverse communities and design a culturally relevant research strategy to evaluate these adaptations.
- Develop a culturally appropriate self-assessment strategy.
As part of this grant, the University-Community Dialogue on Culture and Children's Mental Health took place between the Cultural Providers Network and University of Minnesota faculty on April 8, 2010.
Listen to a podcast of this University-Community Dialogue on Culture and Children's Mental Health (01:53:16).