Centers & Institutes

Institute for Family and Social Responsibility

The Institute for Family and Social Responsibility (FASR) is a joint effort of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the School of Social Work, with its focus on social policy research and outreach activities. The institute’s mission is to bring together the resources of citizens, governments, communities, and Indiana University to better the lives of children and families. Ongoing and completed research projects examine the impact of welfare reforms; the adequacy of child support guidelines; programmatic improvements from two new E-government child support innovations; the efficacy of community-based child abuse prevention interventions; community responses to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families legislation; the scope and level of involvement of faith-based organizations in delivering social services to current and former welfare recipients; and AIDS education for incarcerated youth, battered women, and the homeless. Two projects funded by the U.S. State Department were completed with the Stolypin Regional Academy of Civil Service and the Northwest Academy of Public Administration in Russia. Both projects had significant components focused on the effectiveness, financing, and management of social welfare programs. A third policy analysis capacity building project was recently completed with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. The FASR institute also serves as the editorial home of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management as well as the National Child Support Enforcement Research Clearinghouse. Annually, the institute co-sponsors a Family Impact Seminar for state legislators. Further information concerning FASR can be found at

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