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The Activate leadership team brings together three uniquely qualified organizations with complementary substantive expertise.

September 8, 2021

Activate brings together three uniquely qualified organizations with complementary substantive expertise and clear, demonstrated strengths in the design, implementation, translation, and dissemination of research:


Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization, whose mission is to conduct research to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. As the lead agency on this project, Child Trends brings a focus on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, youth involved in the child welfare and justice systems, and opportunity youth. For 40 years, policymakers, professionals, and other researchers have relied on Child Trends’ rigorous research and evaluation to improve policy and practice.

Chapin Hall is a nonprofit research and policy center affiliated with the University of Chicago that focuses on building actionable knowledge to improve the well-being of children, youth, families, and communities. Chapin Hall has made major contributions to the current state of knowledge about child welfare systems and services, the impact of interventions, and the outcomes of youth in foster care. Chapin Hall is also a nationally recognized leader in youth homelessness research.


Healthy Teen Network promotes better outcomes for adolescents and young adults by advancing social change, cultivating innovation, and strengthening youth-supporting professionals and organizations. Healthy Teen Network’s efforts are nationally recognized for providing high-quality training and technical assistance; integrating the use of evidence-informed practices with innovative strategies; and translating and disseminating research and data in user-friendly formats. 

To guide the work, Activate maintains partnerships with a Research Alliance composed of researchers, professionals who work with or on behalf of youth, young people, and other collaborators.

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