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Transforming Intervention: Effectiveness and Scale
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As a member of the NIHR Global Health Research Group, the New York University (NYU) team will draw upon their expertise to support the six research teams in developing culturally-sensitive and context-relevant measures for the core child development and carer outcomes identified.

Co-investigators: Lawrence Aber, Ph.D.;  Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Ph.D.


Global TIES for Children Center at NYU is a research center that focuses on measurement and impact evaluation for children and youth in low- and middle-income, as well as conflict-affected countries. The Center works with some of the world’s leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and with governments in low-income (LI) and conflict-affected (CA) countries on developing and evaluating innovative approaches to promoting holistic development of children and their communities. Together with key strategic partner organizations, the Center works to leverage cutting-edge scientific methods and interdisciplinary collaboration to:

  • Generate actionable evidence,

  • Communicate actionable evidence, and

  • Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity.

Global TIES for Children is currently involved with ongoing and developing projects in the Middle East and South Asia (Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates), Sub-Saharan Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda), and Latin America (Colombia, Chile).

Global TIES for Children Co-directors

  • Lawrence Aber, Ph.D, Willner Family Professor in Psychology and Public Policy at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and New York University (NYU), where he also serves as board chair of its Institute of Human Development and Social Change; and

  • Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Ph.D., is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University (NYU) Steinhardt and a University Professor at NYU.

Yoshikawa currently directs the research and evaluation aspects of the partnership between the International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop. That partnership focuses on providing quality early childhood development (ECD) programs and groundbreaking mass media content to improve the developmental prospects of children in Syrian refugee and other displaced families in the refugee response region of the Middle East.

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