This project focuses on the social changes resulting from technological advancements, especially surrounding artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and data analytics. One stream of this research explores the impacts of AIMS on widening technology and skills gaps for young people transitioning to adulthood. This began with a the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to host a workshop with social scientists, philanthropic practitioners, and curriculum leaders. This grant revealed the inequities for people and organizations that are not yet part of AIMS.
Another stream of this research focuses on the philanthropy of AIMS (such as this). Using AIMS techniques, this project aspires to create an open access and interactive data tool that compiles information on philanthropic funding of AIMS initiatives.
Global Youth Development Network (GYDN)
This project is in the initial phases of a multi-year plan to build an international network of people and organizations that are engaged in studies informing youth development. Youth.gov defines 'positive youth development' as a prosocial approach to enhancing the lives of young people by engaging youth in meaningful experiences with community organizations, ultimately building toward leadership capacities.
The Emerging Leaders Study (ELS) aimed to investigate and contribute to the formation of emerging adults as productive, multicultural leaders. The ELS returned to the same sample of respondents studied longitudinally in the NSYR study (see below), and resurveyed former participants to collect updated data after young people had more fully transitioned into adulthood. Data include topics such as: school, work, family, romantic relationships, philanthropy, media, morality, and religion. The study also included a random control experiment on charitable giving.
The struggles that many young people had as they transitioned to adulthood prompted myself and 6 colleagues to write a book about how to navigate college. This book exposes the often-unwritten rules of college in order to foster greater equity in who succeeds, and to help students of a wide variety of backgrounds become leaders.
National Study of Youth & Religion (NSYR)
The National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) was a longitudinal survey that tracked young people from their teenage years through to early emerging adulthood. The nationally representative survey began with 3,290 English and Spanish-speaking teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17, and their parents. The same group of young people were then resurveyed three years later when they were 16 to 21 years old, again when 18 to 24 years old, and again when 23 to 29 years old. The data can be downloaded here from ARDA. The data include giving, volunteering, action, helping.
The Science of Generosity (SciGen) was a global research initiative that included a regranting award process to support 14 projects. In addition to the funding process, the project collected data through a nationally representative survey of about 2,000 adult Americans, ages 23 years and older. A subset of the survey participants were also interviewed in-person, along with household participant observations.