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About Us


Mission

The Center for Human Services Research (CHSR) is dedicated to developing empirically-based knowledge to improve the design and delivery of services that address social issues and meet community needs. We conduct evaluation research and design information systems to inform policymakers and service providers across a broad spectrum of fields. CHSR values integrity in its research and is dedicated to providing timely, accurate, and non-partisan information to guide best practice in the human services.

History

The Center for Human Services Research (CHSR) was established in 1991 by the Director of the Bureau of Research of the New York State Department of Social Services (DSS). DSS was seeking a partner to handle the increased demand for departmental research. CHSR was initially housed at the Professional Development Program (PDP), later became affiliated with the School of Social Welfare, and is currently a university-wide research center under the Office of the Vice President for Research due to our expanded research portfolio and data management capacity.

CHSR has grown substantially and this growth is evidenced in the following ways:

  • Expanded Research Portfolio: Initially CHSR conducted research in the areas of interest to the Department of Social Services: child welfare and temporary assistance. Project areas now include children and family services, children's mental health, economic and community development, education and early childhood development, health behavior and services, and youth development and juvenile justice.
  • Substantial Infrastructure: CHSR now supports an interdisciplinary team of over 35 staff, faculty, and graduate students with sophisticated research, technical, and management skills.
  • Broadened Internal and External Partnerships: CHSR has developed significant partnerships with a number of University entities and with various state and local government offices and service providers throughout New York State.

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