Research Centers

Center for Guaranteed Income Research

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The Center for Guaranteed Income Research (CGIR) is an applied research center specializing in cash-transfer research, evaluation, pilot design, and narrative change. CGIR provides mixed-methods expertise in designing and executing empirical guaranteed income studies that work alongside the existing safety net.

www.penncgir.org/

Center for High Impact Philanthropy

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) is the only university-based center with a singular focus on philanthropy for social impact. Founded as a collaboration between the School of Social Policy & Practice and alumni of the Wharton School, it is a trusted source of knowledge and education to help donors around the world do more good.

www.impact.upenn.edu

Center for Mental Health and Aging

The Center for Mental Health & Aging (CMHA) is a national leader in the Aging field shaping solutions to promote effective integrated service delivery models in partnership with health and social service agencies. CMHA conducts research, demonstration projects, and clinical training across the nation to address the health/mental health needs of older adults, family caregivers, and communities.

www.sp2.upenn.edu/cmha

Center for Social Impact Strategy

The Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS) is a new research and action center based in the School of Social Policy & Practice that leverages the University of Pennsylvania’s extensive resources to help support the most innovative approaches to public problem solving. The Center’s work is guided by the overarching objective of developing a deeper understanding of the distinctive strategies adopted by changemakers as they seek to innovate and generate social impact.

csis.upenn.edu

Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research is a collaboration of Penn’s Schools of Social Policy & Practice, Law, Medicine and Nursing, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, focused on critical reform of the child welfare system and improving outcomes for victims of child abuse and neglect and those in the foster care system. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, the Field Center engages in policy and practice reform, conducts translational research, provides training and education, and advocates on local, statewide, and national levels. The only center of its kind in the nation, the Field Center is comprised of faculty from across campus, staff, fellows, and students, and serves as a field placement site for SP2 macro students.

www.fieldcenteratpenn.org

Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse

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The Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse is dedicated to increasing women’s well-being by identifying societal changes that might affect violence against women and girls, using the latest technological advances in qualitative and quantitative research, and developing the next generation of national and global leaders. In 2019, the Center launched an Executive Program in Leadership Strategy to Prevent Violence & Abuse, the only such leadership program in the nation. Violence and abuse are not the purview of any one discipline and, as such, the Center involves faculty and students from across campus.

www.sp2.upenn.edu/ortner

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