ACFPR Conference

Advancing Child and Family Policy through Research

2011 Conference

31 Jan - 1 Feb 2011
Finkel Lecture Theatre, ANU
Today across numerous industrialized nations families are more diverse and changing more rapidly. One of the challenges for child and family policy makers is to keep pace with family change and better understand this family diversity. Countries including the United States and Australia have created or proposed new data sources to monitor and analyze this growing family diversity and variation.

Conference objectives

  • Provide a forum for discussion of Australian and U.S. initiatives to advance child and family policy through research.
  • Discuss and analyse similar policy priorities facing Australia and the United States.
  • Identify cross-national commonalities and differences for advancing child and family policies through research.
  • Examine strengths and weakness of existing data sources on children and families and assess the implications for policy formulation.
  • Improve best practices for transforming research findings into implementable policies.
  • Strengthen cross-national links among educators, policy-makers and researchers in US and Australia.
  • Provide educational opportunity for next generation of child and family policy scholars (e.g. undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty) to engage with senior scholars and policy makers on contemporary research topics in child and family policy.

Conference Organizers

Professor Ariel Kalil
Professor Peter Brandon
Professor Bob Gregory

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