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
May 27, 2015
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
IPR Series on Peformance Measurement Colloquium: Michael Frakes, IPR/Law

“Does Medical Malpractice Law Improve Healthcare Quality?"

by Michael Frakes, Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Law School and IPR Fellow


June 1, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: Craig Garfield, Feinberg/IPR | Young Men’s Health and the Transition to Fatherhood: Looking Beyond Father’s Day”

“Young Men’s Health and the Transition to Fatherhood: Looking Beyond Father’s Day”

by Craig Garfield, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg; Director of Research, Division of Hospital-Based Medicine, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; and IPR Associate


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

June 11, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Workshop in Applied Microeconomics

Magne Mogstad (University of Chicago):
"Field of study, earnings, and self-selection"

October 27, 2015
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
IPR Distinguished Public Policy Lecture: The Honorable Dr. Andrew Leigh, MP (Labor Party), Australian Parliament; former professor of economics, Australian National University

Distinguished Public Policy Lecture with The Honorable Dr. Andrew Leigh, MP (Labor Party), Australian Parliament; former professor of economics, Australian National University


Co-sponsored with the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University.

Reception following

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: David Figlio

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 Tuesdays 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 Tuesdays 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. Organizer: Lee Lockwood

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.