The mission of the Family Community Resilience Laboratory is to conduct results-oriented research and evaluation centered on sustaining the well-being and resilience of individuals, families and communities, and those who support them.

This mission is the foundation to the three grant funded projects concurrently being completed. The three projects are briefly described below alongside their funding agency, their current activities, and the results the projects aim to achieve.

Army Youth Development Project Enhanced Evaluation of Youth and Family Resilience (AYDP-EES)

The Army Youth Development Project (AYDP), initiated in the mid-1990's with Army Child, Youth, & School Services’ (CYSS) support, promotes positive child and youth development while strengthening military families. The current Enhanced Evaluation Study (EES) pivots on two primary areas, one dealing with family dynamics and processes, the other with the role of support programs, in helping youth and families navigate pre-deployment, deployment and reintegration experiences. Along with CYSS-funded support, the University of Georgia's Department of Human Development and Family Science has committed the resources of the department's Family and Community Resilience Laboratory to examine the impact of Army youth and family support programs on Army family resilience. Click on the links below to find out more information about the two areas of focus within this current project.

Community Capacity Building Project (CCB)

The Department of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy (MCFP) funded Building Community Capacity: Models and Methods for U.S. Military Family Support Organizations project that focuses on the community capacity model and methods of mobilizing communities to support military families. This project is a partnership between the University of Georgia and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Community capacity reflects the extent that formal systems and informal networks demonstrate a sense of shared responsibility for the general welfare of the community and its members and demonstrate collective competence in taking advantage of opportunities for addressing community needs and confronting situations threatening the safety and well-being of community members. This project is currently focused on building community capacity through the development and enhancement of an online training and assessment for those who work with service members and families.

Sources of Support

  • The US Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Military Community and Family Policy (MCFP)
  • Army Child, Youth, & School Services
  • The US Department of Agriculture  (USDA), The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)