The Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of Hope

Our approach

At The Hope Center, three principles serve as the basis of our work

We partner with field experts to inform pioneering research to advance the science of hope.

To integrate research and practice, we collaborate with practitioners, conduct empirical research, and review available evidence and measurements to build knowledge around determinants of hope, hope-fostering strategies, and evidence-based interventions that increase hope for children, youth, adults, and communities. As part of this effort, we also translate hope research for broad audiences including practitioners, scholars, policymakers, youth, and families.

We create tools and resources to support the teaching of hope, foster the development of character, and nurture well-being.

Hope is both taught and learned—or not learned—and is often conditional, as hope cannot be taught by those who do not possess it. Methods for cultivating and promoting the teaching of hope within individuals and society are a priority of The Hope Center. We are especially interested in developing and increasing the use of innovative tools and strategies to support the teaching, practicing, and learning of hope in a wide variety of youth-serving settings.

We partner with organizations, to cultivate hope and character strengths that will lead to measurable improvements in the well-being of children, youth, adults, and communities.

In addition to creating tools and resources that cultivate hope, character strengths, and well-being, measurable improvements being made, and outcome indicators achieved in partner organizations can be documented. However, by employing psychometrically sound associated measures, The Hope Center can begin to identifying the character strengths most closely associated to hope and well-being. Moreover, we can understand further the factors that increase educational engagement and other character strengths that are paramount for youth to flourish.