Center for Prevention and Research Development
The Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD) seeks to support public policy in three ways:
- improving state and community capacity for prevention
- improving prevention and educational practices through research and evaluation
- improving policies and decision making
CPRD concentrates its efforts in the areas of school reform and after-school evaluation, health and human service reform, and prevention science. The Center focuses on an ecological framework, where populations and environment intersect. Efforts are specialized in policy analysis, applied research and evaluation, online data systems and professional development and training.
CPRD joined the School of Social Work in 2016 but has a long history of creating and maintaining successful collaborative partnerships with local, state, and national organizations, agencies, and businesses. Since its inception in 1989, CPRD has worked closely with many rural, suburban, and urban communities both in Illinois and across the United States. The Center places special emphasis on research, evaluation, and the development of data systems for self-study and program improvement.
CPRD has an interdisciplinary staff of thirty academic professionals covering such disciplines as public health, education, anthropology, psychology, political science, and administration. Center offices are located in both Champaign and Chicago, IL.