Inquiry
Stranger and intimate partner violence are pervasive public health problems that have a range of negative effects. Read more.
Innovation
To be secure and develop, families need precautionary savings as well as resources for retirement, homeownership and education. Read more.
Impact
Child Development Accounts opened at a child’s birth may help parents develop and maintain educational expectations for the child. Read more.
PUBLICATIONS
CSD NEWS
Beyond Improved Access: Seasonal and Multidimensional Water Security in Urban Philippines
Mason, L. R. (2015). Beyond improved access: Seasonal and multidimensional water security in urban Philippines. Global Social Welfare, 2, 119-128. doi:10.1007/s40609-014-0024-7119-128
Strategic Directions for Global Research on Volunteering for Peace and Sustainable Development
Seelig, V. J., & Lough, B. J. (2015). Strategic Directions for Global Research on Volunteering for Peace and Sustainable Development: Workshop Report. (CSD Workshop Report No. 15-45). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
Financial Capability and Asset Building in Social Work Education: “The Big Piece Missing?”
Sherraden, M. S., Birkenmaier, J., Rochelle, M., & McClendon, G. G. (2015). Financial Capability and Asset Building in social work education: “The big piece missing?” (CSD Working Paper No. 15-44). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
"Taking the Bank to the Youth:" Impacts on Saving and Asset Building from the Ghana YouthSave Experiment
Lee, Y., Johnson, L. Sherraden, M., Ansong, D., Osei-Akoto, I., & Chowa, G. A. (2015). “Taking the bank to the youth:” Impacts on saving and asset building from the Ghana YouthSave experiment. (CSD Working Paper No. 15-43). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
Effects of an Individual Development Account Program on Retirement Saving: Follow-up Evidence from a Randomized Experiment
Grinstein-Weiss, M., Sherraden, M., Gale, W. G., Rohe, W. M., Schreiner, M., Key, C., & Oliphant, J. E. (2015). Effects of an Individual Development Account program on retirement saving: Follow-up evidence from a randomized experiment. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/01634372.2015.1052174
Social and Emotional Learning and Social Work in Middle School: A Case Study in Community Partnership
Robertson, A. S., McBride, A. M., Chung, S., Williams, A., & May, V. (2015). Social and emotional learning and social work in middle school: A case study in community partnership (CSD Working Paper No. 15-39). St. Louis, MO: Washington University in St. Louis, Center for Social Development.
Research Brief: Do EITC Recipients Use Their Tax Refunds to Get Ahead? Evidence from the Refund to Savings initiative
Despard, M. R., Perantie, D. C., Oliphant, J., & Grinstein-Weiss, M. (2015). Do EITC recipients use their tax refunds to get ahead? Evidence from the Refund to Savings initiative (CSD Research Brief No. 15-38). St. Louis, MO: Washington University in St. Louis, Center for Social Development.
Adopting a Financial Capability and Asset Building Curriculum at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Rochelle, M., McGlendon, G., Brackett, M., Wright, M., & Sherraden, M. S. (2015). Adopting a Financial Capability and Asset Building Curriculum at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (CSD Working Paper No. 15-36). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
The U.S. faces the tremendous challenge of reducing its overreliance on prisons and jails. As the social and economic costs of incarceration rise, the need—and opportunity—exists to reverse the trend. The new Smart Decarceration Initiative is taking up the challenge.
Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, will consider a state budget this fall that includes funding for long-term savings accounts for all newborns, a proposal authored by Michal Grinstein-Weiss, PhD,  the associate director of the Center for Social Development, and based on research efforts led by Michael Sherraden, PhD, the director of CSD.​ The nation’s cabinet approved the budget on Aug. 6, and the Knesset is expected to vote on it in November.
An experimental Individual Development Account had no effect on whether participants opened a retirement account or on the adequacy of their retirement savings, according to a newly published article in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work
​​At CSD, we believe that financial security should be lifelong, starting at birth and extending from childhood through adulthood. Today CSD is proud to join CFED and more than a dozen other partners in launching the Campaign for Every Kid’s Future.
​Most young people in Sub-Saharan Africa are not saving money, and an article in the journal Global Social Welfare explains what helps or hurts them in their efforts. The authors conducted in-depth interviews with youth, parents, caregivers and school stakeholders in Ghana and Kenya as part of the YouthSave project.
​​In the United States, the largest Child Development Account (CDA) programs have been built on existing 529 college savings plans. Our policy brief “College Savings Plans: A Platform for Inclusive and Progressive Child Development Accounts” describes the features of direct-sold 529s that make these plans especially well-suited to CDAs. ​