The International Institute for Child Rights and Development brings children’s rights to life as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the context of development using innovative research, education and capacity building that draws on the strengths of children, their families, communities and culture.
The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (CGECCD) is a global inter-agency consortium with strong links to regional networks and a track record of advocacy and knowledge generation and dissemination at an international level.
The creation of the BCTR in 2011 represents a consolidation and expansion of programs and resources previously housed in the Family Life Development Center and the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center.
The Center will foster research to understand and discover solutions to human problems across multiple levels of analysis (individual, interpersonal, community, organizational, governmental), as well as to identify, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based and cost-efficient practices and programs. The BCTR will also focus on research that informs policy issues and debates. Further, the Center will engage stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels in more effective partnerships with CHE researchers. In these efforts, the Center responds to the call in the University Strategic Plan to “strongly connect extension and outreach to on-campus research and educational strengths.”
Established in 1985, Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center at the University of Chicago that builds knowledge to improve policies and programs for children and youth, families and their communities. Our multidisciplinary research focuses on children and adolescents and devotes special attention to those experiencing significant problems, such as maltreatment, poverty, delinquency, and mental illness.
The Children's Environments Research Group (CERG), provides a link between university scholarship and the development of policies, environments, and programs that fulfill children's rights and improve the quality of their lives. CERG is concerned with both theory building and the practical application of research and has particular expertise with involving children themselves in the research process.
The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life focuses on the ties between families and communities, at neighborhood to global level. We are particularly interested in the everyday experiences of children, youth, and adults in neighborhood institutions, such as schools, workplaces, religious organizations, civic groups, and courts. We seek to provide the knowledge necessary to enable these institutions to ensure respect for individual dignity, enhance "natural" social assistance, build a sense of community, promote civic participation, and foster family and neighborhood responsibility.