Focus Areas

Division of Public Health
The Division of Public Health encompasses research and evaluation methods within disease and injury prevention, chronic disease and risk management, and public healthcare policy. This Division oversees the Community Health Database (CHDB) and its Household Health Survey (HHS), the longest running regional health surveillance survey in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We provide technical assistance to organizations focused on strategic planning efforts; data management and collection; need/asset assessment; exploratory analyses; and findings dissemination. Through innovative and equitable solutions and through the use of data and dynamic discussion, our work addresses social, economic, and health disparities across all populations.

Division of Substance Use and Addiction
The Division of Substance Use and Addiction designs, evaluates, and implements practical and empirically-based solutions to address behavioral health problems, with a special focus on substance use and addiction. Our portfolio encompasses intervention and policy research, program evaluation, training and technical assistance, and development of evidence-based tools and software. We work with a range of populations and settings including families, schools, specialty care settings, healthcare systems, and criminal justice systems. The Division of Substance Use and Addiction staffs national experts who established their research portfolios with the former Treatment Research Institute.

Division of Family Strengthening and Child Wellbeing
The Division of Family Strengthening and Child Wellbeing works to promote resiliency through social-emotional capacities, optimal parenting, family relationships, and structural supports important to children’s wellbeing and academic, behavioral, and relational outcomes. We offer a particular focus on programs with the potential for scalability and integration into existing service delivery systems in order to impact public health and disparities.

Division of Teaching and Learning
The Division of Teaching and Learning provides actionable, client-focused research and evaluation, technical assistance, policy analysis, and capacity-building services to improve outcomes for learners of all ages. We measure the effects of student- or teacher-level educational interventions, and work with schools and districts, institutions of higher education, government agencies, foundations, non-profit organizations, and others invested in education. The Division of Teaching and Learning staffs national experts who established their research portfolios with the former Research for Better Schools.