Affiliated Research Groups and Organizations


IPR Faculty-Led, -Affiliated Labs and Research Organizations

Center for Advancing Research and Communication

The Center for Advancing Research and Communication (ARC) is an initiative of the National Science Foundation aimed at supporting education researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Center is headquartered at the NORC at the University of Chicago. IPR education researcher and statistician Larry Hedges is co-principal investigator.

Chicago Census Research Data Center

The Chicago Census Research Data Center (Chicago RDC) provides access to confidential Census Bureau microdata for research purposes. One of only 12 such sites in the nation, it was launched in 2002 as a collaborative effort between the U.S. Census Bureau and a consortium of Chicago-area institutions. This consortium currently consists of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois. Andrea Eisfeldt, associate professor of finance in Kellogg, and IPR statistician Bruce Spencer represent Northwestern on the Board governing the consortium.

Health, Hardship & Renewal (HHR): A Research Study of the Economic Strategies of Women Living with HIV/AIDS

HHR is exploring how Chicago-area women cope socially and financially with HIV/AIDS. It aims to increase awareness of the issues they face and point to strategies that will help them look after their economic resources and health.  The study's principal investigator, Celeste Watkins-Hayes, is an IPR sociologist and African American studies researcher. The study receives funding from the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Foundations of Health Research Center

The Foundations of Health Research Center at Northwestern University is led by health psychologists Edith Chen and Greg Miller. Their research is aimed at exploring the relationship between psychological stress and physical health in both childhood and adulthood, with a particular emphasis on understanding how socioeconomic status contributes to health disparities.

Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern

The Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) was established in 2008 as an umbrella organization to catalyze new science, technology, learning, and policy for sustainability and energy. ISEN meets this challenge through interdisciplinary and transformational education and research coupled with local and global outreach. IPR Assistant Director James Druckman and IPR sociologist Monica Prasad are among ISEN's affiliated faculty.

Laboratory for Human Biology Research

The Laboratory for Human Biology Research at Northwestern University houses 1,500 square feet of wet-lab space and data-analysis tools and is led by IPR biological anthropologist Thomas McDade. It is one of a handful in the country that is fully equipped to support high-capacity analysis of biomarkers in human blood, saliva, and urine, as well as assessing body composition, energy expenditure, and cardiovascular function.

National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER)

CALDER, housed at the American Institutes of Research, conducts research on how teacher policies, government policies, community conditions, and socioeconomic conditions affect student outcomes. The center provides information for education policy development through data analysis of individual students and teachers over time. IPR education economist David Figlio is one of CALDER's senior researchers and principal investigator of the research team examining Florida's longitudinal database.

Northwestern Social Perceptions and Communications Laboratory

IPR social psychologist Jennifer Richeson leads the Northwestern Social Perceptions and Communications Laboratory. The lab aims to study the ways in which social group memberships, such as race and gender, have an impact on the way people think, feel, and behave. In particular, lab members investigate prejudice and stereotyping from the perspectives of those groups who have traditionally been on the receiving end of them, as well as the groups who typically initiate such contact or actions.

Project on Child Development

IPR psychologist and early cognition expert Sandra Waxman directs the Project on Child Development, a developmental laboratory that welcomes parents and their children from birth to age 6. Projects focus on how infants and young children acquire language and how they acquire core cognitive capacities, and how these two come together in the developing mind.

Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness

The Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) brings together individuals interested in the use of causal inference to improve educational practice. SREE provides a forum to engage with a community of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students united in a desire to advance education research. IPR education researcher and statistician Larry Hedges is president of the society and also co-editor of the society’s Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness (JREE). The society, as well as its current director, Robert Greenwald, is based at IPR.

Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS)

Supported by the National Science Foundation, TESS conducts general population experiments for investigators throughout the social sciences. It uses a well-respected, Internet survey platform, which captures internal validity. For successful proposals, TESS is free, allowing researchers to concentrate more on idea production and less on funding. IPR sociologist Jeremy Freese and political scientist James Druckman are a co-principal investigators.

Urban Education Lab

Housed at the University of Chicago, the Urban Education Lab was founded in 2011 and is currently led by IPR economist Jonathan Guryan and University of Chicago economist Jens Ludwig. It aims to generate knowledge to help improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged children growing up in some of the most distressed urban neighborhoods in America and overseas. Several IPR faculty participate in lab research projects.


Northwestern Undergraduate Initiatives 

Roosevelt Institute at Northwestern University

Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and Civic Life