The Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard University
The Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard University is a University-wide endeavor based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Its purpose is to focus academic research, public education, and innovative outreach activities on a critically important national challenge. The AGI is creating important new mechanisms for bridging the gap between universities and schools, enabling greater communication and cooperation not only among concerned researchers, but also between researchers and education practitioners who grapple with this challenge every day in their classrooms. The initiative also seeks to engage organizations that work directly with children and families outside school hours. Read More

Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy
The Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy emerged from the conviction that certain research puzzles may be particularly suited to an interdisciplinary approach. In its graduate training activities, the program aims to produce scholars who will be grounded in the recognized disciplines of their home departments, but who also understand the models, methods, and findings of scholars in adjacent fields. Read More

Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management
Since 1980 the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management has conducted research on major issues in criminal justice policy and management. Established by the Daniel and Florence V. Guggenheim Foundation, the program has had a continuing commitment to include practitioners in its work; to devise situations in which the researchers learn from the practitioners and the practitioners learn from both the researchers and each other, to synthesize and extract the best ideas, and to work to put these ideas into good currency. Integrating theory with practice and academicians with practitioners—through research, executive sessions, teaching, writing, and publishing—the program has attempted to challenge conventional wisdom in various domains of criminal justice policy. Read More

The Project on Workforce
The Project on Workforce is an interdisciplinary, collaborative project between the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, the Harvard Business School Managing the Future of Work Project, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Our mission is to chart the course for a post-secondary system of the future that creates more & better pathways to economic mobility; and, to catalyze action across leaders in business, education and policy to collectively address America’s shared skills & employment needs.  We do this by (1) supporting high-quality research and generating applied insights for leaders in business, education, and policy (broadening the knowledge base of “what works” for building the skills of the future); and (2) using dissemination and convening to close the gap between research and practice on worker training and workforce policies (making research actionable for users). Read More