The Consortium for Statistical Development and Consultation (CSDC) in Social Intervention Research promotes evidence-supported policy making and practice through the application of rigorous research and advanced statistical methods focused on designing and testing innovative solutions in social welfare. Four families of activities drive the work of the CSDC:
- training to build capacity for the application of rigorous research methods;
- consulting to promote the application of rigorous research methods;
- partnering to foster interdisciplinary policy- and practice-relevant research; and
- developing new and disseminating existing methods in the service of research rigor and relevance.
The CSDC was founded by faculty in the School of Social Work (SSW) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Founding faculty are unified in their conviction that rigorous research methods are necessary in the pursuit of knowledge to improve the life experiences and well-being of people in North Carolina, the nation, and around the world. Priority within the CSDC is given to training, consultation, partnership, and methodological development activities that promote the conception, design, adoption and translation of research evidence that confers measurable benefits to society.