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North America

While some of the Sanford School’s study and research takes place in far-flung locations, a great deal of our scholarship is located in North America. Faculty members research some of the most pressing issues of our time related to health, energy, the environment, media and societal concerns such as inequality, education, governance and food policy. They explore such issues in Canada and Mexico as well as in the United States.

We also have robust partnerships within our hometown, the city of Durham, N.C. For example, researchers use data provided by the school system to research vital policy questions including investment in pre-kindergarten programs.

Students have also formed an effective program in which groups of students from diverse disciplines including public policy, business and engineering team up to help a local nonprofit solve a problem. How should a nonprofit keep its volunteer data safe? How can a nonprofit best showcase its success? Each semester dozens of students are working on such practical issues.

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11.11.2019

Family Connects, a program in which nurses conduct home visits for newborns and their families, is linked to substantial reductions in child maltreatment investigations in children’s earliest years, according to new research from Duke University. Program participants had 44 percent lower rates of child maltreatment investigations during children’s first 24 months of life, compared with parents who did not receive the program, researchers found.

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11.05.2019

Economist Philip J. Cook, a professor in Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, has been awarded the 2020 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his decades of research on gun violence and its wide-ranging effects on society. The prize will be awarded in a ceremony in Stockholm June 10, 2020.