The Center for Social Development is broadly engaged in designing and testing social innovations that promote full inclusion, fair treatment, and achievement of one’s full potential. Our research is transdisciplinary and encompasses seven primary areas.

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Research from 2017

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Child Development Accounts, Parental Savings, and Parental Educational Expectations: A Path Model, Youngmi Kim, Jin Huang, Michael Sherraden, and Margaret M. Clancy

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Coping With a Crisis: Financial Resources Available to Low- and Moderate-Income Households in Emergencies, Dana C. Perantie, Stephen P. Roll, Jane E. Oliphant, Shenyang Guo, and Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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Do Savings and Assets Reduce Need-Based Aid for Dependent Students?, Margaret M. Clancy and Sondra G. Beverly

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Effects of a Tax-Time Savings Experiment on Material and Health Care Hardship Among Low-Income Filers, Mathieu R. Despard, Samuel Taylor, Chunhui Ren, Blair Russell, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, and Ramesh Raghavan

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Effects of a Tax-Time Savings Intervention on Use of Alternative Financial Services Among Lower-Income Households, Mathieu R. Despard, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Chinhui Ren, Shenyang Guo, and Ramesh Raghavan

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Employee Financial Wellness Programs: A Review of the Literature and Directions for Future Research, Geraldine Hannon, Meredith Covington, Mat Despard, Ellen Frank-Miller, and Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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Employee Financial Wellness Programs Project: Comprehensive Report of Findings, Ellen Frank-Miller, Meredith Covington, Mathieu R. Despard, Geraldine Hannon, and Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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Expand Paid Family and Medical Leave, Ernest Gonzales, Nancy Morrow-Howell, and Huy Ho

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Fair Housing and Inclusive Communities, Molly W. Metzger and Amy T. Khare

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Financial Capability, Margaret S. Sherraden

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Financial Capability and Asset Building in Social Work Education, Jodi Jacobson Frey, Margaret S. Sherraden, Julie Birkenmaier, and Christine Callahan

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Financial Inclusion in China: Use of Credit, Zibei Chen and Minchao Jin

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Financial Literacy in China: Priorities and a Direction, Yiqing Yuan and Minchao Jin

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For Their Financial Benefit: Determination of Financial Capability for Adult Beneficiaries of Social Security Disability, Julie Birkenmaier, María Aranda, Paul S. Appelbaum, and Mark A. Norman

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Gathering of Grand Challenges Network Groups: Dinner Remarks, September 14, 2016, Darrell P. Wheeler

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice, Ruth G. McRoy, Yolanda C. Padilla, Rocío Calvo, Jeremy T. Goldbach, Martell L. Teasley, Hortensia Amaro, Marilyn Armour, Manuel Cano, Sandra E. Crewe, Westy Egmont, Victor J. Figuero, Rowena Fong, Cynthia G. S. Franklin, Ruby M. Gourdine, John L. Jackson Jr., Mit Joyner, Michael S. Kelly, James E. Lubben, Larry Ortiz, Macheo Payne, Robert Rosales, William A. Vega, Michael D. Walter, and Mary C. Waters

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Advance Long and Productive Lives, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Ernest Gonzales, and Christina Matz-Costa

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Build Financial Capability and Assets for All, Jin Huang, Margaret S. Sherraden, Margaret M. Clancy, Michael Sherraden, Julie Birkenmaier, Mathieu R. Despard, Jodi J. Frey, Christine Callahan, and David Rothwell

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Close the Health Gap, Michael S. Spencer, Karina L. Walters, and John D. Clapp

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment, Susan P. Kemp, Lisa Reyes Mason, Lawrence A. Palinkas, and Samantha Teixeira

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to End Homelessness, Deborah K. Padgett, Benjamin F. Henwood, and Dennis P. Culhane

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth, J.David Hawkins, Jeffery M. Jenson, Jordan DeVylder, Richard F. Catalano, Gilbert J. Botvin, Mark Fraser, Kimberly A. Bender, Valerie A. Shapiro, and Brian Bumbarger

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Eradicate Social Isolation, Suzanne Brown, E. A. Casey, Sandra E. Crewe, Melanie Gironda, Carrie Johnson, James Lubben, Michelle Munson, Erika Sabbath, and Elizabeth Tracy

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Harness Technology for Social Good, Stephanie Cosner Berzin, Claudia J. Coulton, Robert Goerge, Laurel Hitchcock, Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Melanie Sage, and Jonathan Singer

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Promote Smart Decarceration, Matthew W. Epperson and Carrie Pettus-Davis

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Reduce Extreme Economic Inequality, William Elliott III, Julia R. Henly, Susan J. Lambert, Laura Lein, Jennifer L. Romich, Trina R. Shanks, and Michael Sherraden

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Stop Family Violence, Shanti J. Kulkarni, Richard P. Barth, and Jill T. Messing

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Productive Engagement Early in Life: Civic and Volunteer Service as a Pathway to Development, Benjamin J. Lough, Margaret S. Sherraden, Amanda Moore McBride, Michael Sherraden, and Suzanne Pritzer

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Promoting Reentry Well-Being: A Novel Assessment Tool for Individualized Service Assignment in Prisoner Reentry Programs, Christopher A. Veeh, Tanya Renn, and Carrie Pettus-Davis

Qiong Ren Neng Zan Qian Ma, Mark Schreiner, Michael Sherraden, and Y. Sun

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Reflections From the Front Lines: Ideas and Evidence to Policy, Ray Boshara

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Research-Supported Treatment and Organizational Culture and Climate's Impact on Child Welfare Outcomes, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf, Travis W. Hales, Eugene Maguin, and Catherine N. Dulmus

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Reverse Civic and Legal Exclusions for Persons With Criminal Charges and Convictions, Carrie Pettus-Davis, Matthew W. Epperson, and Annie Grier

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Seasonal Patterns and Socio-Economic Predictors of Household Rainwater and Greywater Use, Lisa Reyes Mason, Catherine Arwood, and Mary Katherine Shires

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Sharing the Classroom: A Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers and Social Workers, Anne S. Robertson, Amanda Moore McBride, Saras Chung, and Allison Williams

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Social Belonging and College Retention: Results From a Quasi-Experimental Pilot Study, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf, Jacob Perkins, Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, and Thomas A. Walker Jr.

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Social Work Research and Global Environmental Change, Lisa Reyes Mason, Mary Katherine Shires, Catherine Arwood, and Abigail Borst

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Start Lifelong Asset Building With Universal and Progressive Child Development Accounts, Jin Huang, Margaret S. Sherraden, Margaret M. Clancy, Michael Sherraden, and Trina R. Shanks

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Statewide Child Development Account Policies: Key Design Elements, Margaret M. Clancy and Sondra G. Beverly

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"Taking the Bank to the Youth:" Impacts on Saving and Asset Building From the Ghana YouthSave Experiment, YungSoo Lee, Lissa Johnson, David Ansong, Isaac Osei-Akoto, Rainier Masa, Gina Chowa, and Michael Sherraden

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The Role of Child and Parent Savings in Promoting Expectations for University Education Among Middle School Students in Ghana: A Propensity Score Analysis, David Ansong, Shiyou Wu, and Gina A.N. Chowa

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The Role of Parents in Introducing Children to Financial Services: Evidence From Ghana-YouthSave, Shiyou Wu, Mathieu R. Despard, and Gina Chowa

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Universal and Progressive Child Development Accounts: A Policy Innovation to Reduce Educational Disparity, Michael Sherraden, Margaret M. Clancy, Yunju Nam, Jin Huang, Youngmi Kim, Sondra G. Beverly, Lisa Reyes Mason, Trina R. Williams Shanks, Nora Ellen Wikoff, Mark Schreiner, and Jason Q. Purnell

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What It Means to Be a Social Worker: Her World Woman of the Year Acceptance Speech, Sudha Nair

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Workplace Financial Wellness Services: A Primer for Employers, Center for Social Development

Research from 2016

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A Comparison of Self-Reported Physical Health and Health Conditions of American Indian/Alaskan Natives to Other College Students, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf, Carol VanZile-Tamsen, Jessica Black, Gwich'in Athabascan, Shanondora M. Billiot, and Molly Tovar

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African American Adolescents Academic Persistence: A Strengths-Based Approach, Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, Tabbye M. Chavous, Noelle Hurd, and Fatima Varner

Alaskan Natives as Culturally Different Clients, David A. Patterson, l. Jordan, and J. Black

"All That Glitters Is Not Gold": Social Mobility, Health, and Mental Health Among African Americans, Darrell Hudson

American Indian/Alaska Native Elders, M. Tovar, D. A. Patterson, and l. Jordan