Oregon Family Impact Seminar

Bringing the latest research to legislators, agency leadership and the academic community.

The Oregon Family Impact Seminar connects state policymakers with national experts and the best scientific evidence on topics of current interest. It fosters learning in a nonpartisan, solution-oriented way, with a focus on the impact of policies on families.

As part of OSU’s land grant mission, the seminar is co-organized by the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families and OSU Extension Family and Community Health. Both are housed in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Who is the audience?

The seminar is intended for legislators, legislative aides and state agency leaders.

What is the format?

A two-hour seminar of two or three presentations by premier researchers and policy analysts, followed by discussion. Each seminar is accompanied by a briefing report that summarizes high-quality research on the topic and explains policy implications.

It is different from other seminars and briefings because it offers

Family Impact Perspective

Seminars provide policymakers with the opportunity to understand the impact of policies on families.

Latest scientific information

Seminars feature nationally recognized researchers and policy analysts who present nonpartisan, state-of-the-art information on a range of policy options, without advocating for specific policies.

Neutral, Nonpartisan Setting

Seminars provide a neutral setting and atmosphere for policymakers to discuss issues and find common ground for policy development.

What seminars have been conducted so far?

"Oregon's Child Care and Early Education Crisis: Research-based Solutions for Options, Financing, and Equity"

"How housing policy can make a difference in child and family outcomes"

"Childhood Obesity: School and Community Solutions"

"Two-Generation Approaches to Reduce Poverty"



David Rothwell, Barbara Knudson Endowed Chair

Co-organizers 2020