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Area of Work

Health, Safety, & Well-Being

WestEd helps clients and other stakeholders foster equitable, safe, trauma-informed, and healthy environments. We promote deep engagement in learning and working, positive development and resilience, and physical, social, and emotional wellness.

Our research and evaluation studies, professional development and technical assistance, and resources help strengthen the capacity of schools, communities, and service agencies to support their students, families, and other constituents in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to succeed  — especially those in the most challenging circumstances.

"More Than a Dream" Teen Pregnancy Program: Randomized Controlled Trial

WestEd served as the external evaluation partner for a six-year randomized trial of More Than a Dream, a teen pregnancy prevention program for 6th–8th graders.

Atlanta Public Schools Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

What do school and district administrators, and community members need to know to improve school safety? And how can they create safe and supportive learning environments for children and staff?

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a comprehensive youth risk behavior and resilience data collection service available to all California local education agencies.

California Project LAUNCH: Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health

Learn about California Project LAUNCH, an initiative exploring new approaches to building stronger family engagement and mental health consultation processes.

California School Staff Survey (CSSS)

The California School Staff Survey (CSCS) provides a way to confidentially obtain staff perceptions about learning and teaching conditions.

California Student Survey (CSS)

The California Student Survey (CSS) gathers data on substance use; school safety; harassment and violence; youth resilience factors, and health-related behaviors.

Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (The SEL Center)

The SEL Center focuses on helping educators integrate evidence-based SEL and school safety efforts with academics, to prepare students to succeed in school, career, and life.

Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science, & Other Standards: Raising the Bar on Instruction

This robust website offers research-based tools, resources, and services to help teachers plan and deliver highly effective instruction aligned with college- and career-ready standards.

Determining the Impact of California’s Expanded Learning Programs

How does participation in expanded learning programs improve outcomes for students?

Efficacy Study of Adventures Aboard the S.S.GRIN: Social, Emotional, and Academic Skills

Read about the Adventures Aboard S.S.GRIN, a game-based online program designed to improve social and academic outcomes for elementary school students.

Evaluation of California’s Improving Outcomes for Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

Read about an evaluation of outcomes for non–system-involved, transitional-aged youth who are victims of human trafficking.

Evaluation of Healthy U: An App-Based Sexual Health Education and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Curriculum for Youthful Offenders

Evaluation of Healthy U: An App-Based Sexual Health Education and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Curriculum for Youthful Offenders

Evaluation of Montgomery County’s Drug and Alcohol Programs

How do school- and community-based substance use prevention programs increase students’ protective factors and knowledge of substance use risks?

Health & Justice Program Surveys

WestEd's Health & Justice Program is a leading center for survey research on adolescent risk behavior, resilience, and well-being. Our staff are specialists in designing and conducting large-scale survey research in schools and communities. This encompasses sampling, obtaining parent consent and student participation, administering surveys, processing and analyzing data, and generating reports. Through our work we identify the scope and nature of youth behaviors and the factors that influence it. We seek to build on the strengths of youth and meet their needs so that they are successful in school and life.

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Training Evaluation

Read about WestEd's evaluation of critical training for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program.

Juvenile Drug Courts Guidelines: Policies and Practices Scan

WestEd researchers are measuring the applicability and effectiveness of the practice guidelines for Juvenile Drug Courts.

Massachusetts Safe & Successful Youth Initiative Evaluation

The Massachusetts Safe and Successful Youth Initiative is having a positive impact, according to WestEd evaluation outcomes.

Migrant Student Information Network (MSIN)

This project helps California's Migrant Regions produce the unduplicated count of migrant students in the state, as required by the U.S. Department of Education.

Multi-Component Violence Prevention Initiative: Field-Initiated Research Study

Learn about the impact of a violence prevention initiative in Massachusetts, and how the concepts of violence, disadvantage, and police legitimacy relate with one another.

Pacific Islands Climate Change Education Partnership

This partnership develops culturally responsive K-14 education programs and resources focused on how climate change impacts the coastal ecosystems of the Pacific Islands region.

WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center

The WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center focuses on high-quality research to identify solutions that promote positive community and school environments.

What Works to Make Schools Safe: Campus Shield Program

How can multiple data sources be used to proactively respond to student safety and mental health incidents? WestEd researchers aim to find out.