Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management


The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is the top national association of scholars dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. CFRP Director and Associate Professor, Dr. Cynthia Osborne serves on the APPAM Policy Council, the leadership team responsible for setting policy and strategy for the association. APPAM promotes multi-disciplinary public policy research through their annual research conference, peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and active involvement with leaders in policy, academia, and research.

Center for Health and Social Policy


The Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) is the home of social policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Center's mission to develop the next generation of leaders and scholars who are passionate about reducing health and social disparities in the U.S. and abroad. CFRP is part of CHASP, focused on policy issues related to children and families. CHASP is a resource for scholars, policy- and decision-makers, and communities for expertise, perspective, and connections – all focused on the policy relevance of key social issues. CHASP is also a catalyst for interdisciplinary solutions and collaborations at The University of Texas at Austin and beyond.

Fatherhood Research and Practice Network 


The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) is a long-term project of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) composed of an innovative group of investigators, practitioners, program officials and policymakers. FRPN’s goals are to develop a research agenda that defines the state of the current research in the area of fatherhood and father involvement, identify extant gaps in this research, and generate suggestions for future research. CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne, serves as Chair of FRPN's Responsible Fatherhood working group. The Responsible Fatherhood working group is tasked to identify gaps and future directions for rigorous evaluation research in the area of father engagement and parenting of their children. Click for more about the FRPN and CFRP.

National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine​


The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is a highly respected organization comprised of the country’s leading researchers that provides objective, science-based advice to federal legislators and policymakers on critical issues. Since its founding in 1863, the NAS taps “the energy and intellect of the nation’s critical thinkers” to provide nonpartisan, evidence-based guidance to decision makers in addressing policy challenges. Dr. Cynthia Osborne is an appointed member of the 12-member multidisciplinary Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years.

Texas Fatherhood Interagency Council


Beginning in January 2016, CFRP and the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of Texas DFPS worked together to convene the Texas Fatherhood Interagency Council (TFIC), an on-going effort with the goal of raising awareness of fathers’ roles and impacts on family wellbeing, identifying ways to better support fathers, and building connections and capacity for cross-agency collaboration. The TFIC is made up of fatherhood stakeholders across seven Texas state agencies, including the Department of Family and Protective Services, Office of the Attorney General, Juvenile Justice Department, Department of State Health Services, Texas Education Agency, Texas Workforce Commission, and the Health and Human Services Commission. Click for more on CFRP's work on fatherhood.

University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium


The University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium is a national, interdisciplinary organization and intentional forum fostering:  Research: sharing the latest findings and strategies for conducting policy-relevant research and facilitation of scientific collaboration;  Career Development: cross-disciplinary efforts at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels that support the next generation of child and family researchers; and  Engagement: effective translation to bridge research, policy, and practice. CFRP is an institutional member for The University of Texas at Austin. Click here for full member list.  For information on how to become a CFRP CFP Affiliate, please fill out the Contact Form.