Providing Research for Pennsylvania's Children, Youth, and Families

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The Universities Children's Policy Collaborative (UCPC) is a partnership involving the Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Researchers from these three universities provide research, data, and experts to address issues affecting the well-being of children, youth, and families in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

UCPC works with foundations, legislators, journalists, and the legislature executive branch of state government to provide scientific information to help improve child and family policy and program results in Pennsylvania.

What We Do

UCPC presents balanced, non-partisan, thorough evaluations of evidence related to child policy problems so that policy makers can do their work more effectively.

Unlike advocacy organizations, the UCPC does not champion specific solutions. Emphasis is placed on reviewing documented best practice evidence, evaluation studies, and empirical research to determine effective programs to address specified problems.

Researchers

Nationally prominent researchers from Pennsylvania's three premier state-related universities are available to report on scientific evidence, conduct or supervise original research, evaluate programs, or provide testimony in a timely manner.

Types of Information

Research reviews, best practices information, original data, case statements, evaluation reports, and critical evaluations of other states' activities and innovative programs.

Methods for Information Sharing

Face-to-face briefings, legislative forums, site visits, briefing letters, and reports from focus groups of scholars and other experts. UCPC customizes its approach with clients and pledges confidentiality for infomration requested or provided.

Past and Potential Clients

Foundations, nonprofit agencies, government agencies, journalists, individual legislators, and candidates for legislative office.

Examples of Key Projects

Brief reports on juvenile violence, preschool programming, teen abstinence programs, and other timely policy topics prepared for state political candidates.

Specific reports for the Governor's Task Force on Early Childhood Care and Education (Fall 2002):

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Brochures

Publications

.pdf icon Education in Pennsylvania

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FOURTH IN A SERIES OF ESSAYS ON THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

Early Childhood Education: Universal Pre-K and Other Alternatives

For More Information

Christina J. Groark
Co-Director, Office of Child Development
School of Education
LL104 LXONE
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Phone: 412-244-5303
cgroark@pitt.edu
Robert McCall
Co-Director, Office of Child Development
School of Education
University of Pittsburgh
LL104 LXONE
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
phone: 412-244-5421
mccall2@pitt.edu
Mark T. Greenberg
Director, Prevention Research Center
College of Health and Human Development
Penn State University
S112B Henderson Building
University Park, PA 16801
Phone: 814-863-0112
Fax: 814-865-2530
mxg47@psu.edu
Marsha Weinraub
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology
Chairperson, Department of Psychology
Temple University
6th Floor Weiss Hall
1701 N 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-7360
Fax: 215-204-5539
marhsa.weinraub@temple.edu