Affiliated Groups and Centers


IPR Faculty Led Labs/Research Centers 

Research Groups and 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.

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 Director Fay Lomax Cook and IPR sociologist Monica Prasad are among ISEN's affiliated faculty.

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.

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

CALDER 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.

Research Projects

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

This groundbreaking study 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. 

Undergraduate Initiatives