What We Do
The Gardner Center’s goal: to improve and strengthen the well-being of youth. We engage in research-practice partnerships to produce research that informs policy and practice and emphasizes the importance of equity and capacity building in youth-serving organizations.
Research-practice partnerships develop our understanding of the challenges our partners face and the context in which they work. In turn, partners develop their ability to use data and evidence to improve their practice.
We focus our efforts on the youth sector policy areas of college, career, and civic readiness; families, communities, and schools; early childhood (0-8); out-of-school time; and health and wellness.