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Explore the Center for Social Services Research

UC Berkeley is an environment that generates new ideas and challenges the way we think, work and live our lives. Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare has long been a thought leader in producing, disseminating and utilizing research that meaningfully influences social service policy and practice around the globe. Rooted in Berkeley’s longstanding and enduring tradition of excellence, the School continues to produce new ways of thinking and establish community and international collaborations that reshape social work scholarship and social services delivery.

School of Social Welfare faculty rank highest in the nation in scholarly productivity. Together with our students and research associates, we make significant contributions to the knowledge base in public social services and evidence-informed practice, with a far-reaching impact outstanding in scale to the School’s intimate size.

The keystone of the School’s research enterprise is the Center for Social Services Research (CSSR), in which policy analyses, program planning and evaluations are conducted to improve social and human services. The Center’s research units and sponsored projects offer a critical bridge between our faculty and students and the larger community of concerned policymakers and practitioners in social services worldwide.

We invite you to explore the Center to learn more about the important work and cutting-edge research taking place at the School of Social Welfare to advance the understanding of complex social problems, transform the systems that perpetuate disadvantage and enhance the lives of society’s most vulnerable members. 

Research Units

Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC)  

California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP)

California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)

Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services (CASAS)

Center for Comparative Family Welfare and Poverty Research

Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare

Digital Health Equity Research

Mack Center on Mental Health and Social Conflict

Mack Center on Nonprofit Management in the Human Services

National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center

Risk-Resilience Research