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Executive Branch Policy Fellowship Program

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $196,570)

In this proposal, the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is applying for a cooperative agreement to implement the National Institute of Justice Executive Branch Policy Fellowship Program. The purpose of the fellowship program would be to contribute to the efforts of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in translational criminology, providing a context for linking developmental science with practice and policy in the criminal justice field. Two post-doctoral fellows with strong backgrounds in developmental science who have sought out previous experience in criminal justice policy or practice would have year-long placements at NIJ. At the National Institute of Justice, they would work under the supervision and guidance of senior staff. The fellows would draw upon their extensive knowledge of developmental science to contribute to research and research translation with clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. In their placements at NIJ, the fellows would participate in a range of activities, such as developing reviews of literature on particular criminal justice topics aimed at communicating research findings effectively for policy or practice groups, attending meetings that bring together researchers with practitioners and policy makers (such as technical working group meetings, conferences, and interagency workgroups) with the aim of disseminating research effectively to these groups, and developing new strategies for dissemination of research to those who can apply it to evidence-based policy and practice. SRCD would provide a series of further professional development activities for the fellows. SRCD is a partner in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program. NIJ Executive Branch Policy Fellows would participate in the two-week orientation that AAAS provides for Science and Technology Policy Fellows on how the federal government works and on science policy, and be able to participate in further professional development activities provided by AAAS throughout the year. In addition, SRCD would provide a day-long orientation focusing specifically on child and family policy; monthly seminars focusing on issues involving linking research and policy in developmental science; and individual meetings at the start, middle and end of the fellowship year to review progress on a professional development plan that each fellow would develop with their placement supervisor. SRCD would provide administrative support for the fellowship. In addition to providing written financial and progress reports, the project director at SRCD would meet regularly with the federal project officer throughout the duration of the project.


Date Created: August 24, 2015