"We drive science-based innovation to improve education, health, and societal outcomes for every child. Scientists at FPG examine the complex factors that affect children from infancy to adolescence, and we translate that knowledge into practices that transform children's lives." ~Aysenil Belger, PhD, Director, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
FPG is one of the nation's foremost multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of children from infancy to adolescence. Every day we work to strengthen and accelerate the translation of research knowledge to evidence-based practices and policies. Our scientists and other professionals organize their work across four primary areas:
- Research and Evaluation
- Technical Assistance
Research and Evaluation
We conduct research and evaluation studies that improve children's lives, support families, and inform public policy. Through rigorous study design, data collection, and analysis, we seek to identify factors that shape brain development and behavior from infancy to adolescence. We use this knowledge to develop and evaluate interventions and public programs.
We work in communities and schools to use best practices to build capacity and create systems and services that ensure optimal outcomes for the most vulnerable young children and their families. We are committed to using science-based capacity-building approaches, which we co-create with communities and partners to ensure that implementation strategies are a good contextual fit, relevant to population needs, and sustainable.
The Technical Assistance (TA) Division is dedicated to building system capacity to implement evidence-based practices (EBPs) and, ultimately, ensure optimal outcomes, for the most vulnerable young children including those with, or at risk for, disabilities, who have experienced trauma, and who live in poverty, and their families.
Our policy efforts focus on translating and communicating the results of FPG's rigorous research, evaluation, implementation, and technical assistance work into effective federal, state, and local policies for broad population benefits. By collaborating with policymakers and others to bring research to practice, we are able to help others see the potential for using evidence to inform policymaking.