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The Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference scheduled for March 23–24, 2017 in Washington, D.C. is a unique event that convenes researchers, policymakers, and practitioners across disciplines to consider important issues people and their communities face.

This conference will focus on the economic futures of America’s kids and communities. Kids with strong cognitive and social foundations are better-equipped to succeed in life and contribute to society at large. But recognizing that not all children have the same opportunities to grow and develop, how can we set young people on a strong course?

The 2017 conference will explore the interplay between the development of kids and their communities, with an understanding that “development” factors into key economic and social aspects of kids’ lives. The conference will spotlight research that can inform questions about important drivers of success, differences across subpopulations, scalable intervention strategies, and policy considerations. Research that explores the implications for lower-income, minority, or diverse populations is of particular interest.

The Community Affairs Officers of the Federal Reserve System invite original, high-quality work from economics, education, health, housing, sociology, public policy, psychology, and other pertinent fields that can inform and affect policies and community development practices related to the conference’s theme.

Submissions for plenary, concurrent, and poster sessions that are consistent with one or more of the following key themes will be considered:

  • The Context for Child and Youth Development
  • The Role of Community Development and Key Partners
  • Implications for the Economy and Workforce

For more information about the conference and the call for papers guidelines, or to submit a formal abstract, please proceed to this link:

Questions? Please direct all inquiries to or 612-204-6785.

  • Abstracts of 500 words, along with optional attachments, are due August 19, 2016.
  • Additional consideration will be given to submissions that include attachments of papers nearer completion.
  • Research that has already been published or presented in another forum may be considered.
  • Accepted papers will be due no later than March 3, 2017.