History

The Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) carries on the legacy of the Sloan Work and Family Research Network, the premier online destination for work and family research from 1997-2010. In November 2010, Jerry A. Jacobs and Judi C. Casey received a final grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that supported the creation of a new membership and virtual organization, WFRN. To acknowledge the community-driven nature of our website and the importance of members to the success of the organization, we changed the name from "Research" to "Researchers."  

Judi was WFRN's Director through 2014 following her tenure as Director of the Sloan Network from 2005-2010. Jerry was WFRN's Founding President and continues to serve as its Executive Officer. Katheen Christensen led the Workforce, Workplace and Working Families Program at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and has served as an Ex-Officio member of WFRN's Executive Committee since its inception. 


Why did the Network change?

Funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation had allowed the Sloan Network to provide all its resources to users free of charge since it began operating in 1997. Although the former Sloan Network was highly valued by its users, the earned income potential from products and services was not enough to cover operating costs. The new and enhanced Work and Family Researchers Network continues the efforts of the original Network and the legacy established by the Sloan Foundation. 


What is different?

One of the major changes from the Sloan Network to the WFRN is the transformation from a staff-driven enterprise to a member-driven one. Members will take leadership roles in running all facets of the organization, and in providing content of interest to the interdisciplinary work and family research community. WFRN also functions as a virtual hub between meetings, with the News Feed and the Work and Family Commons providing open access free of charge to researchers, practitioners, policy maker and the general public. The transformation from the Sloan Network to WFRN coincided with a move to the University of Pennsylvania instead of Boston College. The Executive Office of WFRN is now located at the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School. 


Where are the resources that were on the former Network website?  

We have done our best to archive the most popular content from the Sloan Network on this new website of the Work and Family Researchers Network, and make it available to you. However, information has not been updated since the summer of 2011. In some cases, information is older than 2011. The Sloan Network closed in February 2012.

*We are very appreciative of the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the Work and Family Researchers Network.