Child Policy Research Certificate

The Child Policy Research Certificate offers Duke undergraduates a chance to explore child and family policy issues through interdisciplinary study, while conducting original research on real-world policy issues.

The program focuses on how research translates into practical solutions for children. Working closely with faculty members, Certificate students gain skills they need to conduct effective policy-oriented research.

The certificate requires the completion of six courses: three core courses, a methodology course and two electives from departments such as psychology and neuroscience, public policy, sociology, economics and education. The online Certificate application is available here.


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Create Research Opportunities for Students

 In addition to receiving her Duke undergraduate degree in public policy in May of 2015, Hanna Elmore was awarded a Child Policy Research Certificate for her work developing a dual-language preschool program for children in the East Durham Children’s Initiative.  More undergraduates will have similar enriching experiences thanks to donations Hanna and her mother, Mary Jane Elmore, made to the Center.

Their contributions will establish the Mary Jane and Hanna Elmore Child and Family Policy Center Endowment Fund and the Child and Family Policy Center Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. The fellowship program will allow undergraduate students to team with faculty members to submit proposals for projects addressing important questions in contemporary public policy affecting children and families. The research topics might range, for example, from how the food stamp program affects children’s academic performance to identifying best practices in pre-kindergarten.

“The Center for Child and Family Policy allowed me to focus my studies around the policy issues I cared about most with some of the most engaging, thoughtful professors on campus,” Hanna Elmore said. “Outside the classroom, the School Research Partnership gave me insight into how to best interact with a local policy partner and experience how I can best make a policy difference in the real world, in real time.”

“The Elmores’ generous gifts will enhance the Center’s ability to provide students with opportunities to engage in hands-on research that builds their skills and produces work that benefits children and families,” said Leslie Babinski, director of undergraduate studies for the Center for Child and Family Policy.