Luskin Center for Innovation
The mission of the Luskin Center for Innovation is to unite the intellectual capital of UCLA with forward-looking civic leaders to address the most pressing issues confronting our community, nation and world. The Center is organized around initiatives that seek to translate world-class research and expertise into real-world policy solutions. Faculty and staff from a variety of academic disciplines across campus pursue research centralized on environment, energy and sustainability in partnership with civic leaders who use the research to inform policy and organizational innovations.
The Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
The Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies was established in 1988 to promote the study, understanding and solution of regional policy issues, with special reference to Southern California, including problems of the environment, urban design, housing, community and neighborhood dynamics, transportation, and economic development. It is a focus of interdisciplinary activities, involving numerous faculty members and graduate students from many schools and departments at UCLA. It also fosters links with researchers at other California universities and research institutes on issues of relevance to regional policy.
Institute of Transportation Studies
UCLA's Institute of Transportation Studies is one of the leading transportation policy research centers in the U.S. The ITS works closely with and is generously funded by two organizations-the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC). Each year dozens of ITS faculty, students, and research staff collaborate on a wide array of transportation policy and planning studies, ranging from an analysis of the travel trends and transportation needs of immigrants and low-income workers, to the testing and evaluation of innovative fare programs to increase public transit use.
Center for Civil Society
The Center for Civil Society is the focal point for UCLA Luskin's activities in nonprofit leadership and management, grassroots advocacy, nongovernmental organizations and philanthropy. The Center coordinates teaching on nonprofit organizations and aspects of civil society; conducts research; and offers seminars, conferences, colloquia and executive education. In undertaking these mutually supporting activities, we seek to contribute to policy dialogue on the current and future role of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy and civil society.
Center for the Study of Inequality
The mission of the Center for the Study of Inequality is to generate new information and knowledge about the nature, magnitude and causes of socioeconomic inequality. It is committed to translating academic scholarship into feasible and actionable policies, plans and programs. The Center focuses on these issues and challenges in the Southern California region, and expands its findings through including comparative analysis with other regions.
Center for Health Policy Research
The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research is one of the nation's leading health policy research centers and the premier source of health policy information for California. Established in 1994, the Center improves the public’s health by advancing health policy through research, public service, community partnership, and education. The Center is based in the School of Public Health and affiliated with UCLA Luskin.
Center for Policy Research on Aging
Established in 1997, the Center for Policy Research on Aging studies the major policy issues affecting our aging society including Social Security, Medicare, long-term care, and the societal implications that accompany the aging of the baby boom generation and its parents. In recognition of the growing diversity of the elderly population, CPRA focuses special attention on policy issues as they affect Latino, African-American, Asian and other ethnic populations. As a national, state and local resource center on aging policy, CPRA conducts research, fosters multidisciplinary collaboration among UCLA faculty, and works closely with policy makers, service providers and community groups in meeting the challenges of an aging society.
Center on Child Welfare
The Center on Child Welfare at the Department of Social Welfare within the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs conducts training, education and professional development for Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) employees as well as MSW students, through UCCF stipends, interested in working with children and families in Los Angeles County. The curricula developed by the Center on Child Welfare over the past 20-plus years is designed to equip public child welfare employees with the essential knowledge, core values and professional skills necessary to effectively engage and work with the children and families served by DCFS. UCCF stipends cover one year of tuition in exchange for one year of work for DCFS upon graduation, and are funded by federal IV-E dollars designated to improve the professional development of social workers in the public child welfare system.
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) Public Child Welfare program
CalSWEC was established to increase the availability of professionally-trained social workers and child welfare staff in public social services in California. With federal Title IV-E funding, CalSWEC provides stipends for 24 students in the full-time MSW program at UCLA.