Youth Violence Prevention
Professor Laurie Ross (pictured above) studies how early childhood trauma affects young-adult violence, using problem analysis to provide data-driven solutions. Her recent analysis of Worcester’s Youth Employment Sector offers new and insightful strategies to improve employment opportunities for youth and build a stronger labor market.
Family Impact Seminars
Since 2010, Clark’s Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise has represented Massachusetts as part of the national Family Impact Seminars initiative, designed to translate research to policymakers on topics related to families. Family Impact Seminars aim to better connect high-quality research and public policy, and promote policymaking that takes families into account. To conduct a Family Impact Seminar, a university is accepted into membership in a coalition organized by the Policy Institute at the University of Wisconsin. Organized by Clark’s Mosakowski Institute and Psychology Professor Denise Hines, Massachusetts’ annual Family Impact Seminar is held at the State House, drawing lawmakers, researchers, and citizens.
Mid-Sized Cities Data Dashboard
Working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to advance collaborative leadership in Massachusetts’ smaller cities, the Institute prepared “data dashboards” for subjects such as demographics, income, employment, educational attainment, and health.
Academic Health Collaborative of Worcester
The Academic Health Collaborative of Worcester seeks to improve regional health through creative problem-solving and strategic planning. In 2016, the Department of Public Health and its partners built off of previous community health assessments to forge the Community Health Improvement Plan, setting specific goals to make the Greater Worcester area the healthiest region in New England.