A child sitting against a wall smiles. Words on graphic say Symposia, Conferences, Seminars; Knowledge Utilization; Student Engagement; the summary sentence says, "Enhancing the development of children through holistic approaches."

With a comprehensive approach to enhancing the development of children, the UCSC engages stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels to disseminate findings, bridge the gap between research and practice, and promote implementation of evidence-based practices.

Knowledge Utilization

  • One primary goal of the UCSC is to support our partners in using the knowledge gained from evaluation projects and research studies to inform their practices with children and youth.  In order to bridge the gap between research and practice, UCSC faculty and associates are committed to understanding the conditions that both prevent and facilitate the implementation of effective practices, supporting data-based decision-making, and creating contexts for sustained use of evidence-based practices.

Dissemination

  • An important part of translating research into practice is sharing knowledge gained from evaluation projects and research studies.  UCSC faculty and associates participate in multiple activities to ensure that stakeholders have access to information from our projects, including presentations and local and national conferences, symposia, articles, reports, and briefs.

Community Engagement

  • UCSC faculty and associates are committed to engaging various stakeholders in our work.  As members of a major public research university, significant effort goes into involving students—the next generation of practitioners, community leaders, policymakers, and scholars.  Students participate actively in all UCSC activities, including working directly with schools, families, and community partners.