Mission Statement

The Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR) is dedicated to training, research and service in demography. The CFDR integrates demographic methods, data, and perspectives with other social scientific approaches to understand the well-being of children and families.

The central training goals are to teach students demographic methods and perspectives as well as emphasize the benefits of integrating disciplinary approaches in the analysis of social change and social problems. The Department of Sociology offers graduate degrees in Population Studies and Applied Demography as well as numerous undergraduate-level demography courses.

CFDR faculty members' research addresses questions relating to the health and development of children, adolescents, and families. The variety of analytic and disciplinary approaches to these questions creates a broad range of knowledge. Many of the researchers are able to identify the mechanisms that underly patterns of behaviors; these mechanisms can become policy levers informing policy decisions that help to address the public health and social problems facing children, adolescents, and families. Other faculty members are involved in research examining how social programs and policies affect the lives of children and their families.

The CFDR's service function is to provide information and data services to the broader research and policy community in order to help address pressing social problems. We are an Ohio State Data Center Affiliate and provide census data, assistance in use of the census, and local reports of population (Ohio Population News).

The central mission of the Center for Family and Demographic Research is to provide research, training, and service in demography that will contribute to our understanding of the well-being of children and families.