The Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy is a vibrant intellectual community of faculty, master's and PhD students, researchers, and administrative staff striving to improve public policy and practice in the areas of health care, human services, criminal justice, inequality, education, and labor. Over the last three decades, the Wiener Center has been an influential voice in domestic policy through faculty work on community policing, welfare reform, youth violence, inner-city poverty, youth and the low-wage labor market, American Indian economic and social development, and medical error rates. Our uniqueness is that we have a group of serious scholars who not only produce high-quality policy-oriented research but also understand the political and management challenges of implementing their recommendations because many have held important positions in public agencies and because our faculty members involve practitioners in their research in a serious way. This "practical experience" influences the questions we choose to ask and increases our credibility in teaching and policy recommendation.
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Leader gender: Female Leader(s) (2022): Barbara Whalen
Leader gender: Female Leader(s) (2021): Barbara Whalen (Executive Director)
Leader gender: Female