A Penn State Applied Research Center

Sound Science, Strong Families, Stronger Service

The Clearinghouse is an applied research center created to help professionals identify, implement, evaluate, and improve programs that strengthen military service members, veterans, and their families.

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Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State

The Clearinghouse is an interdisciplinary team of research faculty and staff, and creative services professionals committed to providing outstanding support to professionals who provide programs and services to military families. We are located within the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) at The Pennsylvania State University.

What We Do

Foremost, the Clearinghouse develops strong, trusting, and collaborative relationships with our partners so we can apply science in understanding your needs and challenges and test out potential solutions. Frequently, this means spending time with you; in your office, on your installations, and in military-impacted communities. Armed with in-depth knowledge, we work on investigating, developing, and delivering applied solutions. These solutions take on many forms; writing background research reports, conducting applied research studies, building workforce expertise through training and resource provision, implementing and evaluating evidence-informed programs and practices, and delivering objective data and policy-relevant findings so that critical decisions are based on the best science and evidence available.

Open Office Hours

  • Learn how to tackle real-world problems and challenges through monthly collaborative learning sessions.
  • Get real-time guidance and resources from researchers and implementation specialists at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State for free.
  • Open to anyone who supports military families and anyone can attend one or all of these monthly 30- to 45-minute microlearning sessions over Teams.

Our partnerships create change

If you manage services and programs to support military families, we offer a true partnership focused on finding and implementing evidence-based solutions. We provide an unmatched breadth of social science expertise and put our partners needs first while staying true to scientific rigor.

Our Vision

Our vision is to ensure United States military families are always supported by practices and programs that are known to be effective based on science and evidence. We want to make sure programs are implemented with quality in order to enhance readiness and overall well-being.

Our Mission

Our mission is to engage in applied research and evaluation, implementation science, education, and outreach to advance the well-being and health of military families.

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