All children, youth, and families will develop in safe and supportive environments and achieve their life potentials.
OCD facilitates and develops through mutually-beneficial
partnerships with its constituencies new knowledge, services, and policies to
improve the lives of children and families in five domains:
education and training.
research and scholarship.
service demonstration programs, networking, and strategic planning.
monitoring and evaluation.
assessments and policy studies.
To create and maintain a supportive and facilitative
atmosphere for its constituencies within which interdisciplinary and
collaborative activities may be conceived, nurtured, implemented, and
To provide guidance, assistance, and management for the
planning, funding, development, implementation, and operation of
innovative collaborative systems, projects, and programs in its domains
To provide balanced, non-partisan, research-based
information on service needs and program effectiveness communicated in a
clear and useful format to those who can apply such information.
To provide information, technical assistance, and a
wide range of interdisciplinary and management services to collaborative
projects locally and elsewhere pertaining to university-community
partnerships; collaborative demonstration service and policy projects;
planning and systems analysis; program monitoring, evaluation, and needs
interdisciplinary and applied scholarship, education, and training; and
other activities that promote the welfare of children, youth, families
communities in which they live.
To disseminate research and professional information on
children, youth, and families through publications, presentations, the
popular media, and personal contact to those individuals who can use
information, including academics, service professionals, policy makers,
To be an exemplar of a university-community partnership
and explore, demonstrate, and communicate to other universities and
communities how such a venture can be beneficial to all partners.