CNA Research on Issues Affecting Military Children and Families

In 2011 and 2012 CNA hosted meetings to explore the need for using scientific methods to better understand the conditions affecting the lives of military children and families and to evaluate the programs and services intended to help them.

These meetings brought together researchers, policymakers and funders to exchange information about theoretical models, scientific methods, policy issues and funding opportunities and were held in partnership with leaders from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Tufts University, the George Washington University, the University of Maryland, Military Child Education Coalition, Blue Star Families, the Center for a New American Security, Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Information and materials associated with these meetings can be accessed via the links below.

"Promoting Resilience in Military Children through Effective Programs" (November 2012) – a conference on issues and proposed solutions pertaining to the evaluation of programs for military children. It also provided frameworks for improving programs for military children and the resilience of those who use them.

“Workshop on the Scientific Study of Military Children” (November 2011) – a scientific workshop on the well-being of military families and children.

Photo credits (L-R):  U.S. Navy, Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael Worner.; U.S. Navy, Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Ramon Preciado; U.S. Marines, Pfc. Ali Azimi.