One of the key ways in which IPR disseminates its faculty research is through its events. Events are held throughout the year, with most taking place over the academic year. Some are co-sponsored with different departments and schools across the University, in addition to student and other policy research organizations.  

All events, unless otherwise stated, are free of charge and open to the public. You can sign up for notification of IPR events here.

Upcoming Events
November 27, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: Eva Redei (Psychiatry/IPR) - Why Mental Illnesses Are Not Diseases and What to Do About It

"Why Mental Illnesses Are Not Diseases and What to Do About It"

by Eva Redei, David Lawrence Stein Research Professor of Psychiatric Diseases Affecting Children and Adolescents; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Physiology; and IPR Associate

This is part of the IPR Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquium Series.

December 5, 2017
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
IPR Perf. Measurement: D. W. Schanzenbach (IPR/SESP) - Evidence-Based Research and Policymaking

"Evidence-Based Research and Policymaking: Lessons Learned from Two Years in D.C."

by Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and of Economics, and IPR Director

This is part of the Performance Measurement and Rewards Seminar Series.

December 6, 2017
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
IPR Q-Center: Linda Collins (Penn State) - Introduction to the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) for Developing More Effective, Efficient, Economical, and Scalable Behavioral Interventions

"Introduction to the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) for Developing More Effective, Efficient, Economical, and Scalable Behavioral Interventions"

by Linda Collins, Distinguished Professor, Human Development and Family Studies and Statistics; Director, Methodology Center, Pennsylvania State University

This is part of IPR's Quantitative Methods for Policy Research Series.


December 7, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Seminar in Applied Microeconomics

Pascaline Dupas (Stanford University):

"Targeting Subsidies: A Mechanism Design Approach"

Colloquium Series

Each year IPR organizes more than 30 academic talks, which feature research by IPR faculty and other faculty from Northwestern and other universities. The formats vary between 60 and 90 minutes, with time included for Q&A. Its five series are:

IPR Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquia

IPR’s signature, interdisciplinary colloquium series, which takes place on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. Speakers are typically IPR fellows or associates discussing their latest policy-relevant research. Organizer: James Druckman

C2S Colloquia

This occasional series brings together social, life, and biomedical scientists who examine how broad social, racial/ethnic, and economic disparities "get under the skin" and affect human development and physical health. Organizer: Thomas McDade

Q-Center Colloquia

This series is designed to showcase and promote discussion of methodological innovation across disciplines. Four to five are held over the academic year, usually on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Larry Hedges

Series on Performance Measurement and Rewards

Speakers examine how good performance is measured in areas such as education, healthcare, policing, courts, and charities—in search of common problems and solutions. They are held in fall and spring, usually on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Burton Weisbrod

Applied Micro and Labor & Education Policy Seminar Series

This series, joint with Northwestern’s Department of Economics, generally takes place on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. The applied economists tackle myriad subjects in education, developmental economics, social policy, and other areas. 

You can sign up to be notified of these series and other events here.

Key Policy-Relevant Events

In addition to its colloquia, IPR also organizes conferences, fora, symposia, and talks. Two of IPR’s biggest annual policy-relevant events are its:

  • Distinguished Public Policy Lectures that provide insights from experts whose careers are characterized by exceptional scholarship and service in the public policy arena
  • Policy Research Briefings, which bring together leading experts to present and discuss their policy-relevant research and how it can help address current social issues

Workshops and Training

IPR also organizes workshops, training, and academic conferences throughout the year. Below are a few of these recurring events:

Undergraduate Policy-Oriented Organizations

IPR is also very pleased to work with Northwestern undergraduate organizations that have an interest in policy studies and research. They are:

Event Co-Sponsorship Requests

IPR does sponsor events, mostly in conjunction with Northwestern University schools, departments, and organizations. If you are interested in requesting co-sponsorship of an event, please e-mail Patricia Reese and include a description of the event, the dates, and any requests for funding or use of IPR resources.