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
April 28, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: Evelyn Brodkin, University of Chicago l Work and the Welfare State

Work and the Welfare State: An Inside Look at Street-Level Organizations and the Making of the International Workfare Project


by Evelyn Brodkin, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

May 5, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: Celeste Watkins-Hayes, IPR/African American Studies/Sociology

Resources Gained, Resources Lost: Making Ends Meet While Living with HIV/AIDS


by Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Sociology and IPR Fellow


This is part of the Fay Lomax Cook Colloquium Series.

May 7, 2014
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
IPR Perfomance Measurement Colloquium: Henry Hansmann, Yale University

The Performance of Foundation-Owned Companies


by Henry Hansmann, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law, School of Law, Yale University

May 12, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: Craig Garthwaite, Kellogg School of Mangement



by Craig Garthwaite, Assistant Professor of Management and Strategy, Kellogg School of Mangement

May 19, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: David Baker, Feinberg/IPR l Interventions to Address Healthcare Disparities

Multi-Level Interventions to Address Healthcare Disparities


by David Baker, Michael A. Gertz Professor in Medicine; Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics; Deputy Director, Institute for Public Health and Medicine; and IPR Associate


This is part of the Fay Lomax Cook Colloquium Series.

May 21, 2014
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
IPR Q-Center Colloquium: Rodrigo Pinto, University of Chicago



by Rodrigo Pinto, Doctoral Student in Economics, University of Chicago

June 2, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: Thomas Ogorzalek, Political Science/IPR

Issues, Identities, and Interests: Redistributive Policy and the New York Mayoral Election


by Thomas Ogorzalek, Assistant Professor of Political Science and IPR Associate


This is part of the Fay Lomax Cook Series.

November 3, 2014
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
IPR Distinguished Public Policy Lecture: Robert M. Kaplan, NIH

IPR Fall 2014 Distinguised Public Policy Lecture: "A Conversation with Robert M. Kaplan" by Robert M. Kaplan, Director, Office of Behavioral Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health

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.