Research Networks

The Foundation supports interdisciplinary research networks, "research institutions without walls," on topics related primarily to human and community development. They are Foundation-initiated projects that bring together highly talented individuals from a spectrum of disciplines, perspectives, and research methods. The networks examine problems and address empirical questions that will increase the understanding of fundamental social issues and are likely to yield significant improvements in policy and practice.

Current Networks

  • Research Network on Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice

    Active Strategy

    Seeking to expand the base of knowledge about juvenile crime and delinquency; to disseminate that knowledge to professionals and the public; to improve decision making in the current system; and to prepare the way for the next generation of reform in juvenile justice policy and practice.

    Justice, Research, Youth
  • Research Network on an Aging Society

    Active Strategy

    This research network brings together scholars who are conducting a broad-based analysis of how to help the nation prepare for the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging society. Research focuses on how major societal institutions, including retirement, housing and labor markets, government and families, will have to change to support the emergence of a productive, equitable aging society.

    Aging, Health, Housing, Research
  • Research Network on Building Resilient Regions

    Active Strategy

    The Foundation’s Network on Building Resilient Regions seeks to expand our knowledge base about how regional actions shape the response to major national economic and demographic challenges.  

    Policy, Research
  • Research Network on Connected Learning

    Active Strategy

    This interdisciplinary research network is dedicated to understanding the opportunities and risks for learning afforded by today's changing media ecology, as well as building new learning environments that support effective learning and educational equity.

    Research, Technology, United States
  • Research Network on How Housing Matters For Children and Families

    Active Strategy

    The Research Network on How Housing Matters for Families and Children focuses on housing as a crucial context for child development and a primary site of family life. The Network aims to understand the impact of housing quality, affordability, stability, and location on families’ and children’s health and well-being.

    Housing, Policy, Research, United States, Youth
  • Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

    Active Strategy

    The MacArthur Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is examining multiple effects of modern neuroscience on criminal law and trying to make neuroscience accessible and beneficial to America’s courtrooms.

    Science, United States
  • Research Network on Opening Governance

    Active Strategy

    This research network seeks to develop blueprints for more effective and legitimate democratic institutions to help improve people’s lives. The Network convenes a range of experts to study what happens when governments and institutions open themselves to diverse participation, pursue collaborative problem-solving, and seek input and expertise from a range of people.

    Policy, Research
  • Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood

    Active Strategy

    Young adulthood is an overlooked era. Yet ages 18 to 30 is a time of profound change. The Network on Transitions to Adulthood is examining this important developmental period, shedding new light on what it means to become an adult in America.

    Policy, Research, United States, Youth
  • Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics

    Active Strategy

    The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics is exploring the nature and extent of young people's use of digital communications tools, social media and the Internet, and how those tools influences their engagement with participatory politics.

    Policy, Research, Technology, United States, Youth