Our Mission & Vision

The Center for Social Development's mission is to create and study innovations in policy and practices that enable individuals, families and communities to formulate and achieve life goals, and contribute to the economy and society. Through innovation, research and policy development, CSD makes intellectual and applied contributions in social development theory, evidence, community projects and public policy.

CSD also emphasizes its role as a teaching institution, training doctoral and master’s students through applied research projects. In many cases, international graduate students take on projects in their native countries, building knowledge and creating opportunities for extended partnership. CSD connects academic and applied interests, while building bridges across public, nonprofit, and private sectors. We value academic excellence and real-world involvement.

Click here to read CSD's Report to the Community (pdf).