The faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy lead or collaborate with a wide variety of on-campus interdisciplinary research centers that are exploring vital policy questions and bringing provocative and timely speakers to campus. These research hubs can offer students opportunities to work with faculty on ground-breaking research, and to engage with leaders in many fields.
Listed below are institutes, centers, programs and initiatives housed at the Sanford School, as well as other Duke centers in which public policy faculty members are active. Those led by Sanford School core or secondary faculty members include the faculty director’s name.
Children & Families
Ethics and Leadership
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A Nurse Home-Visiting Program
The Duke Center for Child & Family Policy launched the nurse home visiting program as Durham Connects in 2008 as part of research into ways to prevent child maltreatment. The model is now being implemented across the country as Family Connects. Evidence from an ongoing randomized controlled trial shows that the model delivers a significant reduction in emergency room visits and an estimated 3-to-1 return on investment.
Learn more about the Durham Connects organization on their website.
National Security/ Foreign Policy
Director of Research: Deondra Rose
Science and Technology
Durham, NC is growing, but it has a legacy of inequality. For example, many neighborhoods had "covenants" requiring that excluded non-whites from buying homes. Professor Bob Korstad has been looking into the issue, and his research has been turned into a civic education initiative, Bull City 150: Reckoning with Durham's Past to Build a More Equitable Future. The project culminated in 2019, Durham's 150th birthday.