The Center for Social Development (CSD) conducts research that informs how individuals, families, and communities increase capacity, formulate and reach life goals, and contribute to the economy and society. Our principal focus is on families and communities at the bottom of society. Major areas of work include Asset Building, Civic Engagement & Service, and Productive Aging.​​
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  • Latest CSD News
    ​​Rhode Island’s treasurer and governor-elect, Gina M. Raimondo, today announced a policy change to make college savings more accessible for newborn children in that state. Come January, it will be as simple as checking a box.

  • ​Asian scholars, practitioners and policymakers share lessons about asset-building policies in Asia and chart the future in the new book “Asset-Building Policies and Innovations in Asia”

  • Celebrating its 20th anniversary this academic year, the Center for Social Development is expanding, bringing in new leaders and new bodies of work. “Instead of looking back, we’re looking ahead, which I find much more refreshing,” CSD Director Michael Sherraden told the center’s faculty and staff.

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