Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Northwestern University, Human Development and Social Policy Program
Greg J. Duncan
Founded in 1981 under the leadership of Dr. Bernice Neugarten, the Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) Program prepares students to conduct research to understand and to attack the very human problems that pose the greatest challenges to society in this new century. This research informs decisions about policies, programs, and interventions. (For more information, see .) Over the life course, human beings learn, develop, and interact within families, communities, schools, workplaces, and the particular political and economic order within which their lives are embedded and defined. The overarching aim of HDSP scholarship is to improve human lives by examining and understanding how policies affect the lives of people through the life course and how people can analyze and affect policy. It does so by promoting an interdisciplinary understanding of how people develop, how various experiences and contexts affect human lives, the underlying logic of program design and evaluation, the ...