Research Centers

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 (CMHA)

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 (CSIS)

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.

www.socialimpactstrategy.org

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 in Relationships

Logo of the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

The Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships serves as a vital resource for policy makers, agency directors, line staff, researchers, and educators as they search for ways to reduce domestic violence. The Center focuses on protecting the rights, safety, and well-being of victims of abuse and neglect in all of its many forms. Interdisciplinary collaboration across Penn’s campus is a cornerstone of this unique Center.

ortnercenter.org

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Faculty & Research

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Jennifer Plumb

Alumni Stories

What I Did With My DSW Degree: Jennifer Plumb

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Student Life

Support on the Ground: PhD Student Examines Where Faith Organizations and Social Work Intertwine

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Alice Cooper

Student Life

Toward Equitable Education for All: MSSP Student Channels Social Policy Theory into Social Good

For Alice Cooper, an MSSP (Master of Science in Social Policy Program) student at Penn’s School of Social Policy &...

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