Stephanie Psaki: The Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center

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Stephanie Psaki: The Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center

The Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center is a global research center that generates, synthesizes, and translates evidence to transform the lives of adolescent girls. Through rigorous research about what works — and what doesn’t — we can better direct limited resources to support evidence-based solutions that improve girls’ lives.
What We Do:
Too often, programs and policies meant to address the needs of adolescents miss the mark because they aren’t evidence-based. Without consulting rigorous research or, policymakers cannot be sure that the policies they support will do what they’re designed to do. Without high-quality evidence, donors and program implementers often invest in interventions based on intuition alone.

Despite growing attention to the importance of adolescents around the world, efforts to conduct research, design policies, and implement programs are often disconnected due to a lack of communication and coordination. To accelerate progress, the GIRL Center aims to connect key decision-makers with the evidence and data needed to make the best investments for adolescents, especially for girls. By harnessing the power of open data, our Adolescent Data Hub expands opportunities for collaboration and research transparency. To learn more about how you can work with the GIRL Center, read our five-year roadmap, which lays out our strategy toward that vision.

Building on decades of research and programs with adolescent girls by the Population Council and other partners, the GIRL Center drives progress towards a world where girls reach their full potential as healthy, productive, empowered individuals and leaders.

CenterStrategic Five-Year Road Map
The Journey to Evidence-Based

Five-Year Milestones
Convene Experts Pillar
Purpose: To create a space for experts/actors to collaborate and innovate on problems affecting adolescents, especially girls
Year 1
Thought Leadership Innovation Labs Translation Convenings Seminar Series
Review other collaboration/networking models and identify where the Center is best-placed to “bring the right people to the table” ; finalize research advisory service model; identify opportunities to pilot a few convenings and on strategic topics.
Year 3
Expand research affiliate advisory service model to external experts/actors; service model up and running.
Year 5
Best ideas are funded, taken to scale.

Contacts:Thoai Ngo, DirectorStephanie Psaki, Deputy Director The GIRL CenterOne Dag Hammarskjold Plaza New York, NY 10017 United States Tel: +1 212 339 0500

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Research Publication Girls’ Education Roadmap: 2021 Report
Authors: Stephanie Psaki , Nicole Haberland, Meredith L. Kozak, Lauren Woyczynski. Publication Date: February 2021

Research Publication Girls’ Education Roadmap: 2021 Report Summary
Authors: Stephanie Psaki, Nicole Haberland, Meredith L. Kozak, Lauren Woyczynski. Publication Date: February 2021

Journal Article Rethinking the role of demographers in times of crisis
Authors: Thoai Ngô, Stephanie Psaki . Covid-19 and the Global Demographic
Research Agenda Publication Date: February 2021

Journal Article Who is doing the research? The implications of the pandemic for researchers in the population sciences
Authors: Ann K. Blanc, Sanyukta Mathur, Stephanie Psaki . Covid-19 and the Global Demographic Research Agenda Publication Date: February 2021

News & Views Remember the fundamentals as we build back better in girls’ education
Author: Stephanie Psaki and Karen Austrian Publication Date: 13 January 2021


Population Council and Girl Center
Stephanie Psaki: The Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center

The Population Council conducts research to address critical health and development issues. Our work allows couples to plan their families and chart their futures. We help people avoid HIV infection and access life-saving HIV services. And we empower girls to protect themselves and have a say in their own lives.

We conduct research and programs in more than 50 countries. Our New York headquarters supports a global network of offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

From its beginning, the Council has given voice and visibility to the world’s most vulnerable people. We increase awareness of the problems they face and offer evidence-based solutions.

In the developing world, governments and civil society organizations seek our help to understand and overcome obstacles to health and development. And we work in developed countries, where we use state-of-the-art biomedical science to develop new contraceptives and products to prevent the transmission of HIV.

Key Staff
Judith Bruce
Senior Associate and Policy Analyst
New York, New York

Judith Bruce joined the Council in 1977. She is a senior associate and policy analyst with the Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth program. Through policy analysis, evidence-based intervention design, advocacy, and capacity building, she has changed the way the world thinks about quality of care from the client’s perspective and about the power and potential of the poorest, most excluded girls.

Recently Bruce served as co-chair of the UN Expert Group Meeting on the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl-child. She has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1977. In 1993 she received the Association for Women in Development’s bi-annual award for outstanding contributions to the field. A graduate of Harvard University, Bruce has written and lectured extensively on population policy, the quality of reproductive health services, adolescent girls’ status in the developing world, family and partnership dynamics, and women’s access to and control of resources inside and outside the household.
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