The Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) provides a number of services, including brokering relationships and building collaborations; translating and disseminating research-based information for public, practitioner and policy maker audiences; facilitating dialogue among practitioners, policymakers and academics; and building the capacity of researchers, practitioners and policymakers to conduct and utilize research responsive to community needs.
Connections and Collaborations
As a hub for multidisciplinary work between the University of Minnesota campus and communities, CYFC is uniquely situated to identify potential partners for research and other types of collaborations. We convene partners, coordinate collaborative efforts, assist in conceptualizing projects, and provide the “glue” that helps partnerships stay together and move to implementation of an idea. Working across disciplines and in collaborations with University and community members requires navigating sometimes unfamiliar systems, cultures and processes. CYFC can provide assistance to individuals and groups as they prepare for this work or serve as a “critical friend” in situations that have created tension.
Dissemination and Application
CYFC is grounded in the belief that research evidence can enhance the quality of practice and policy decision-making, but only if the evidence is provided to relevant stakeholders and in accessible and digestible forms. In addition to scholarly publication, CYFC is committed to making sure that communities, policymakers and others are provided with research evidence generated through our own research efforts and we provide this service for others as well. Possible routes for dissemination include showcasing research findings in our publications, featuring the research on our website, developing research or policy briefs, convening meetings with stakeholders or hosting events and presentations.
Dialogues and Consultation
University members have increasingly sought CYFC's assistance with creating dialogues across varying audiences. One such way CYFC has done this is by working with those interested in connecting with the policy making community by helping others build their own policy efforts. All the while, policymakers continue to look to CYFC for up-to-date research and expertise on children, youth and family issues.
CYFC provides professional development through its programmatic work, educating professionals to enhance practice and inform policies that positively influence children, youth and families. Examples of current professional development work are highlighted below.
Lessons From the Field is a theme-based educational seminar series that engages and informs practitioners and researchers who work in children's mental health-related fields.
Children's Mental Health Researcher/Practitioner groups center around 10-15 invited novice and expert clinical practitioners in children's mental health and rotating U of MN researchers whose work is specifically related to some aspect of children's mental health.
Wonder Years Field Experiences engage groups of students, faculty, staff or practitioners who visit the Science Museum of Minnesota's Wonder Years: The Science of Early Childhood exhibit. After visiting the exhibit, CYFC staff lead discussions about the importance of the exhibit's content for participants' studies, work and practice. Through this interactive exhibit and stimulating discussion, participants will learn more about the relevance of the science of early childhood development for their own work. Contact Us for information on how to sign up to be a part of a Wonder Years Field Experience.