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    Our Witches, Our Selves

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is a research and action institute at Wellesley College that is focused on women and gender and driven by social change.
Our mission is to advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs.



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Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative

Ongoing since 2015
Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative

This initiative is designed to conduct and disseminate research that meaningfully addresses the causes and consequences of gender-based violence and the social, health and justice system responses to violent crime and victimization.

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Dating Violence Prevention Program for Each Grade in Middle School

A longitudinal multi-level experiment

The goal of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of grade-differentiated dating violence and sexual harassment prevention curricula.

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Dating Violence Prevention Programs in Public Middle Schools (Shifting Boundaries)

2005-2007, 2008-2010, 2011-2015
Shifting Boundaries: A Collaborative Multi-Level Experimental Evaluation

The goal of this study was to increase the capacity of schools to prevent Dating Violence/Harassment (DV/H) by evaluating the effectiveness of current multi-level DV/H prevention programming (Shifting Boundaries) in middle schools within a large urban school district.

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Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Studies


Assessing Preschool and Kindergarten Programs
The Work, Families & Children team has conducted a series of studies for the Boston Public Schools (BPS), including the BPS K1 and K2 Programs Needs Assessment, and a 2007-08 follow-up study.

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Empowering Families

Ongoing since 2014
Children's social-emotional development

This project is designed to support children's social-emotional and cognitive development.

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Developing and Validating Practical Teacher Assessments for Use in Center-based Pre-kindergarten Programs

Ongoing since 2011

The goal of this project is to produce a reliable and valid measure of teachers’ educational beliefs and knowledge of child development and ECE pedagogy that can be used to validate the effectiveness of professional development programs and interventions, as well as, to provide valuable feedback in applied settings regarding ECE teachers’ professional development needs and classroom appropriateness.

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Massachusetts QRIS Validation Study


Ongoing since 2016
The Massachusetts QRIS Validation Study, led by Joanne Roberts, Ph.D., in collaboration with UMass Donahue Institute, involved the collection of quality observations and child assessments in ECE programs participating in the QRIS system.

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Boston Quality Inventory

Ongoing since 2007
Assessment of Boston Childcare Programs

This project provides a comprehensive picture of the quality of Boston's Early Care and Education programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, in both centers and family child care homes.

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Work, Families and Children


Ongoing since 1986
Assessing Child Care Issues in Working Families
This long-term program brings together research on employment, work and family issues, and child care as a support for working families.

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Working Conditions and Health


Ongoing since 1985
Study of working conditions and impact on health
Working Conditions and Health is a group of inter-related research projects with a common interest in understanding the relation of working conditions to the physical and mental health of workers.

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