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Ivette Rodriguez Stern

Junior Specialist
Center on the Family
University of Hawaii
United States of America

Ivette Rodriguez Stern


B.A., Brandeis University; M.S.W., University of Hawaii. Ms. Stern is a social worker by training, now specializing in macro level practice related to child and family well-being. Her work integrates research and extension activities and focuses on assessing and evaluating the conditions of children and families in Hawai‘i through the use of program data and social indicators for policy and program development efforts. Her work also focuses on family resiliency, especially in the presence of economic strain, and on promoting the practices that strengthen families and foster their well-being.

Research Interest

Tracking trends and changes to family composition Family strengthening research and outreach education to support families.


  • Community Stabilization Initiative Indicators Project. April 2010 – March 2012, funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation. Sarah Yuan is a co-investigator. Assist the Hawaii Community Foundation assess and track the impact of the economic recession on Hawaii’s individuals and families – both to monitor improvements and to identify possible areas for programming direction – through the use of indicator data.

  • Evaluation of Socioeconomic Impacts of the Hamakua Hydroeletric Project on Families and Communities. October 2010 – September 2012, funded by the US Department of Energy. Andrew Hashimoto is the principal investigator and Barbara DeBaryshe is a co-team leader. Conduct an evaluation of the socioeconomic impacts on families and communities affected by renewable energy – a hydroelectric plant – in Hamakua on the Island of Hawaii.

  • Hawaii Youth Opportunities Initiative Data Analysis. April 2011 – January 2013, funded by EPIC Ohana, Inc. Barbara DeBaryshe is a co-investigator. Assist the Hawaii Youth Opportunities Initiative – whose mission it is to assist youth leaving foster care and former foster youth make successful transitions to adulthood – in its use of program data for measuring impact, making better data-driven decisions, influencing and institutionalizing practice and policy, and increasing public will.

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