Karen Bogenschnider

Karen Bogenschneider

Professor Emerita
Human Development and Family Studies Department
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

–Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

Families are the cornerstone for raising productive workers in a sound economy and responsible citizens in a strong democracy. Yet many families today are struggling. Public policy provides the conditions for families to deal with stressful conditions: the inability to find a job, afford health insurance, secure quality child care, or send their kids to good schools. Yet public policy is not working as well as it could for families. Most Americans would agree that policymaking is less effective and more polarized than it should be. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Policymaking could be better if it were based on rigorous research and dispassionate analysis. Unfortunately, a substantial disconnect exists between the production of research and its utilization. My passion is using research to build better public policy for families. I study it, I teach it, and I do it. I direct the award-winning Family Impact Seminars that communicate high-quality, objective research to policymakers.

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Effective Family-Focused Policy Around the Globe

Policymakers could make more efficient and effective decisions if they used on information that was family-focused and research-based.

  • Bogenschneider, K., Little, O., Ooms, T., Benning, S., Cadigan, K., & Corbett, T. (in press). The family impact lens: A family-focused, evidence-informed approach to policy and practice. Family Relations.
  • Bogenschneider, K. (in press). Making a global case for family policy: How families support society and how policies support families. In A. Abela & J. Walker (Eds.), Contemporary issues in family studies: Global perspectives on partnerships, parenting and support in a changing world. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Bogenschneider, K., (2011, June). Family policy: Why we need it and how to communicate its value. Paper prepared for the United Nations Expert Group Meeting, “Assessing Family Policies: Confronting Family Poverty and Social Exclusion & Ensuring Work Family Balance,” New York, NY. Available at http://social.un.org/index/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=UmDEKVA4giU%3d&tabid=1555
  • Bogenschneider, K., & Corbett, T. (2010). Evidence-based policymaking: Insights from policy-minded researchers and research-minded policymakers. New York: Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Bogenschneider, K., & Corbett, T. (2010). Family policy: Becoming a field of inquiry and subfield of social policy. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(3), 783-803.
  • Friese, B., & Bogenschneider, K. (2009). The voice of experience: How social scientists bring research to bear on family policymaking. Family Relations, 58, 229-243.
  • Bogenschneider, K., & Pallock, L. (2008). Responsiveness in parent/adolescent relationships: Are influences conditional? Does the reporter matter? Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 1015-1029.
  • Bogenschneider, K. (2006). Teaching family policy in undergraduate and graduate classrooms: Why it’s important and how to do it better. Family Relations, 55(1), 16-28.
  • Bogenschneider, K. (2000). Has family policy come of age? A decade review of the state of U.S. family policy in the 1990s. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1136-1159.
  • Bogenschneider, K., Wu, M.-y., Raffaelli, M. R., & Tsay, J. C. (1998). Parental influences on adolescent peer orientation and substance use: The interface of parenting practices and values. Child Development, 69(6), 1672-1688.

Since its inception in 1993, Professor Bogenschneider has served as director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars-a series of presentations, briefing reports, and discussion sessions for state policymakers. To date, 30 Seminars have provided Wisconsin policymakers with high-quality, objective research and a family impact perspective on timely issues such as corrections, evidence-based budgeting, health care, jobs, long-term care, prisoner reentry, welfare reform, and workforce development. Since 1999, Professor Bogenschneider has served as Executive Director of the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars