• 1.A Portrait of California 2014–2015

    California Human Development Report.

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  • 2.AIDS, Security and Conflict Research Hub

    The AIDS, Security and Conflict Research Hub is a portal for the latest work on the areas covered by the SSRC's AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative (ASCI): HIV/AIDS in uniformed services; HIV/AIDS, humanitarian crises, and post-conflict transitions; HIV/AIDS and fragile states; and gender and cross-cutting issues. The site is home to the Resource Database, a community-editable "field mapping" tool for collecting data on people, institutions, and resources in the fields of HIV/AIDS, security, and conflict. Go to the hub front page.

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  • 3.Abe Fellowship Program

    Supporting US- and Japan-based researchers focusing on contemporary issues.

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  • 4.African Peacebuilding Network

    Supporting independent African research on peacebuilding and its integration into regional and global policy.

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  • 5.Anxieties of Democracy

    Can representative democracies be strengthened to govern more effectively?.

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  • 6.Atlantic Fellows Strategic Learning and Evaluation

    The Council has a long history of applying qualitative and quantitative social science methods to examine the conditions under which interventions by foundations, governments, and multilateral organizations are and are not successful. One such collaboration, between the Council and the Atlantic Philanthropies, is an ongoing 10-year longitudinal study of the impact of Atlantic’s work in the rural health care sector of Vietnam. Growing out of this work with Atlantic on Vietnam, and drawing on its own network of fellowships around the globe, the Council has been named a strategic learning and evaluation partner for the Atlantic Fellows, a newly established network of fellowships funded by Atlantic Philanthropies. The Atlantic Fellows comprise six large fellowship programs and the Atlantic Institute, a service and community development organization. Each fellowship is aimed at empowering a new generation of leaders and change-makers to advance fairer, healthier, more inclusive, and more equitable societies around the world. Fellows are typically early- to mid-career professionals from a range of backgrounds, disciplines, and life experiences. Through the global, interconnected set of fellowship programs, fellows collaborate across disciplines and borders to understand and address the root causes of pressing global problems. These include socioeconomic and racial inequality; barriers to full participation in democracy; and the social determinants of health and access to quality care. Each of the programs is distinct and grounded in its local context. This fellowship network is designed to secure the legacy of the Atlantic Philanthropies—which made its last grant commitments in 2016 and will close its doors by 2020—in the issue areas and geographies that were its traditional spheres of work. The Atlantic Philanthropies understands that a system of strategic learning and evaluation designed to guide and support the institutions selected for its “big bet” fellowships is essential to ensure that its investments contribute to a learning legacy and make substantial and sustainable impacts. To that end, the Atlantic Fellows programs are initially in a three-year incubation period, during which outside strategic learning and evaluation partners work closely with the fellowship host programs. Once the incubation period is over, the Atlantic Philanthropies will decide whether or not to continue funding the fellowships on a case-by-case basis. The SSRC is serving as the primary learning and evaluation partner for the incubation periods of four of the six programs, providing each fellowship with developmental support, ongoing formative evaluations aimed at improving the structure and organization of the fellowship host institution, and a long-term strategic learning and assessment plan. The Council will also provide a summative evaluation to Atlantic at the end of the incubation period that will be considered as one of the inputs in the final decision regarding future funding. The four programs with which the SSRC is partnering are the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health, the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia, and the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity. In addition to these four programs for which the SSRC is taking on the role of lead evaluator, the SSRC is coordinating learning and evaluation processes and partners across all six fellowship programs.

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  • 7.Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health

    The Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health seek social and public health solutions to reduce the scale and adverse impact of dementia. Fellows will be empowered to make significant progress toward prevention, cure, and treatment for dementia through an inter-professional training program and access to a strong, robust global network of mentors and colleagues. Fellows will translate research evidence and innovation into more informed and effective policy and practice. Fellows will have residential appointments of 6- to 24-month durations at either the University of California, San Francisco, or Trinity College Dublin, with curricula customized for each individual’s experience and plan. A core curriculum will include neuroscience, neurobehavior, epidemiology, statistics, leadership, communications, health economics, and public policy.

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  • 8.Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia

    The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia seek to promote and improve health equity throughout the region, particularly among the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. Fellows from 10 ASEAN countries and China will work to reform health policy and systems, tackle social determinants, and address health inequities within and beyond national boundaries. Annual cohorts of 20 to 25 fellows will participate in a nonresidential program that includes attendance at events throughout Southeast Asia and an event at Harvard University. The program is intended to identify and nurture a new generation of young leaders from the region who are committed to pursuing social justice in health and building a collaborative community. The fellowship curriculum, which will be taught by core faculty and mentors, will combine peer, experiential, and online-blended learning. Upon completion of the program, fellows will be better able to enhance health equity by improving access to quality primary health care; formulating equity-oriented policies in health care systems; addressing issues involving economics, gender, and the environment; and establishing international alliances.

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  • 9.Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity

    The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity seek to dismantle anti-black racism in the United States and South Africa through supporting visionary leaders who can challenge and advance ambitious and comprehensive solutions to racial inequality. The program will support the growth and development of a generation of leaders to advance racial equity through advocacy, research, communications and other interventions that change narratives, structures, systems, policies and practices. Annual cohorts of 25 fellows will participate in an 18-month nonresidential program that includes six week-long sessions in New York, Johannesburg, and other US and South African cities. Through the program, fellows will develop a deeper understanding of the history and conditions contributing to racial inequality. They will become more knowledgeable of cross-sector strategies for change and more skilled in leading transformative change. As a result, they will be better equipped to lead and implement interventions that ameliorate disparities and address the underlying causes of racial inequality.

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  • 10.Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

    The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity program will identify and prepare a pipeline and network of diverse, multidisciplinary, action- and results-oriented leaders working toward integrated, comprehensive solutions to historical and structural impediments and systems that underpin international inequalities. The fellowship, based at the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics, is available in three fully funded tracks (10 residential fellows, 10 nonresidential fellows, and 10 visiting fellows) tailored to meet the time or financial needs of experienced professionals. All fellows will receive a combination of academic opportunities, dedicated mentors, attendance at conferences and workshops, and a lifelong alumni network.

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  • 11.Big Data and Historical Social Science

    While “big data” often connotes new opportunities for understanding the present, largely through the analysis of social media and search engine data, other newly available kinds of rich data sources create huge possibilities for reimagining the past. In recent years, millions of previously difficult-to-access documents and massive archival data structures have become widely available to scholars of human history and the general public. The project on Big Data and Historical Social Science brings together researchers across a range of disciplines, methods, and research strategies to explore the intersection of classical historical and social science problems and big data. How can access to new kinds of historical data, and new capacities to manipulate and analyze them, allow scholars to address historical questions in new ways? In order to explore how scholars working on different aspects of a historical puzzle could collaboratively mobilize diverse datasets and data structures, participants established demonstration projects to focus on particular historical eras and questions. The first project is on "race" in the Americas in the period between the Reconstruction era and the civil rights movement (1877–1965). For this and future demonstration projects, the group will deploy techniques for “nesting” data—that is, utilizing temporal and spatial tools to understand changing data structures across time and levels of analysis—and for “linking” data—networking different kinds of data to provide a comprehensive picture and more thorough explanations of historical continuities and changes.

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  • 12.CEHI Web-Based Resources

    …[中文]The Resource Hub is an online, bilingual searchable database housing information about individuals and institutions working on environment and health issues in China, and relevant literature. Selected information on experience with environment and health issues overseas is also included. All information items are linked so that readers can easily trace information. Created in 2007, the Hub now includes over 3,500 items in English and Chinese. It provides a convenient way for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in the field to access the relevant literature and identify partners for collaboration.   The FORHEAD website includes not only information about network events but also special features introducing new research on particular environment and health issues from across the disciplines, relevant conceptual and methodological tools, and international experience. These materials offer a flexible resource for educational institutions, government agencies and NGOs, who can download packages of information tailored to their needs for trainings, outreach, or other activities. .

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  • 13.CGP-SSRC Policy Forum

    A project of the Abe Fellowship Program, the CGP-SSRC Policy Forum draws on the expertise and competencies of both the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and the Social Science Research Council. The CGP-SSRC Policy Forums bring together academics, practitioners, policy actors, and journalists to work toward the goal of long-term, policy-oriented solutions to issues of global public consequence and to develop networks that will lessen the gaps between research, policy, and practice. Each forum focuses on a single broad theme over a two-year period, which allows for sustained interaction among forum participants as well as a variety of outputs targeted to important moments in the real-world policy debate. The CGP-SSRC Policy Forum, designed to bring essential knowledge to relevant publics at critical junctures, follows on a core belief of the SSRC that social science can produce necessary knowledge—necessary for citizens to understand their societies and necessary for policymakers to decide crucial questions. Themes are relevant to the current Abe Fellowship Program priority areas of 1) traditional and nontraditional approaches to security and diplomacy, 2) global and regional economic issues, and 3) social and cultural issues. Implicit in any CGP-SSRC Policy Forum is an examination of how the US-Japan relationship and bilateral cooperation can contribute to the goals of the forum. The inaugural Policy Forum was held from 2009 to 2012 with the goal of elucidating environmental challenges and offering policy recommendations and best practices related to energy saving and the reduction of air pollution and CO2 emissions within a city-level framework. Rather than seeking to impact national-level policies, the forum worked for change at the local level by engaging local-level policy actors and officials from second- and third-tier cities in Asia in an exploration of lessons learned and major challenges. In a series of meetings held over three years in Tokyo, Japan, a core group of academics and practitioners engaged in a sustained dialogue with each other and experts and leaders from cities in Asia to consider best practices and offer policy recommendations related to energy saving and the reduction of CO2 emissions within a city-level framework. One of the primary goals of the forum was to develop a package of resources available to the public long after its conclusion. Five case studies were developed by forum participants, one case for each of five sectors typically under control of city-level governments:  Green Buildings: US/Japanese Building Energy Efficiency Measures and Their Applicability to Southeast Asia, by Rob Knapp Jr. (Physics and Sustainable Design, Evergreen State University), Hiroto Takaguchi (Architecture, Waseda University), and Satoshi Washiya (Waseda University). Waste Management: Comparative 3R Initiatives in Asia, by Kohei Watanabe (Sociology, Teikyo University). Transportation: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), by Alan Miller (Climate Business Groups, International Finance Corporation). Industrial Energy Use Management: Adoption of Eco Action 21 in Japan and Its Applicability to Other Asian Countries, by Yoshika Yamamoto (Management and Information Science, Setsunan University). Land Use Planning: Urban Green Infrastructure, by Akito Murayama (Environmental Studies, Nagoya University). These cases formed a package of concrete best practices that can be implemented separately or together. When implemented together the package forms the basis for a model, “greener” Asian city. The Policy Forum on the Environment and Climate Change involved 46 active participants, including six Abe Fellows, two committee members, and 38 invited participants ranging from experts on issues of climate change to city-level representatives from Yangon, Myanmar; Vientiane, Lao PDR; Kathmandu, Nepal; Beijing, PRC; Kuching North, Malaysia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Danang, Vietnam; and Makati, Philippines. Ongoing relationships have continued with both Danang, Vietnam, and Y…

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  • 14.CLA Longitudinal Study

    The CLA Longitudinal Study emerged from the Social Science Research Council’s collaborative partnership with the Pathways for College Network, with technical assistance in data collection provided by the Council for Aid to Education. The project has followed over 2,300 students at 24 institutions over time to examine factors affecting learning in higher education along the dimensions of critical thinking, complex reasoning, and written communication as measured by the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA). In the first two phases of the study, we examined student learning data for all four years of college, which were discussed in Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and the policy report Improving Undergraduate Learning: Findings and Policy Recommendations from the SSRC-CLA Longitudinal Project (2011). The third phase of the project extends our analysis of student learning to post-college transitions two years out of college to illuminate how various factors influence life course outcomes. Initial findings were discussed in the report Documenting Uncertain Times: Post-graduate Transitions of the Academically Adrift Cohort (2012). Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates (University of Chicago Press, 2014) is a book based on phases 2 and 3 of the project. For more information, please visit highered.ssrc.org.

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  • 15.CPPF Activities: Africa

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  • 16.CPPF Activities: Asia and the Pacific

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  • 17.CPPF Activities: Europe/Caucasus/Middle East

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  • 18.CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean

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  • 19.CPPF Activities: Special Projects

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  • 20.CPPF Activities: Thematic

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  • 21.Capacity Strengthening for Field Research in Insecure Places

    The UVC Initiative will strengthen conflict research in insecure places and the ways that conflict is researched, while building local research capacity in these places through two distinct methods: Investing in building and strengthening inter-disciplinary, local research networks in conflict-affected countries, and developing an approach that engages local researchers in all stages of research, i.e., from research design, data collection, analysis of data, writing up, to publication and dissemination of results. By involving local researchers in all stages of our research agenda, we create shared ownership, increase researchers’ trust in their own capacities, and establish international partnerships that provide mutual benefits while we produce high-quality, evidence-based scholarship. Developing training modules on fieldwork and ethics methods in insecure places. Some of our partners have also pioneered remote research methods in making use of civil society, activities, media, and research networks; while others conduct data-driven analyses on conflicts and peace processes, building on recent advances in geographic information system (GIS) and other digital technology. The UVC Initiative aims to collate these experiences and innovations in conflict research methods, develop training modules, and provide methods trainings across its research networks and partners.

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  • 22.Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF)

    Facilitating informal information sharing between the UN, diplomatic missions, and the NGO community.

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  • 23.Children of Immigrants in Schools

    The Education and Migration project is coordinating a three-year research and fellowship initiative investigating the role of educational institutions and policy in the integration of children of immigrants. Under the leadership of sociologist Richard Alba of SUNY-Albany, we have assembled five bi-national (American and European) teams, staffed with senior principal investigators and research fellows (pre- and postdocs) from both the United States and the European country under comparison: School funding and tracking in New York City, USA, and Amsterdam, Holland. Navigating borders in schools and communities in California and Catalonia, Spain. The impact of timing, differentiation, and second chances in the United States and Great Britain. Promising schooling practices for immigrant children in the United States and Sweden. The transition to the labor market for Mexicans in the United States and North Africans in France.   More detailed information can be found on the project's website or by downloading the flyer on the right.

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  • 24.China, Africa, and the UN

    Mapping the evolving relationships between China, Africa, and the United Nations.

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  • 25.Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)

    Mobilizing necessary knowledge to support UN capacity for conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding.

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