IPR Research Areas and Centers
IPR political scientist James Druckman looks at self-report biases related to drug use and heavy drinking.
Geophysicist and IPR associate Seth Stein investigates better ways to assess earthquake hazard maps.
IPR economist Lori Beaman examines the effects of village-based savings groups in Mali. [Photo credit: Aude Guerrucci and Dean Karlan]
IPR's research falls broadly into the following program areas:
IPR’s Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health continues to examine how social, economic, and cultural contexts “get under the skin” and affect physical and mental health, as well as cognitive achievement, at the population level.
Vouchers, test scores, school funding, achievement gaps, and teacher effectiveness are just a few of the critical issues that schools across the nation face each day. In carrying out rigorous studies, IPR faculty also seek effective solutions to address such topics.
IPR scholars have focused research and public policy analysis on the measurement and the rewarding of “performance” in government and nonprofit organizations in many areas, such as education, healthcare, policing, courts, and charities.
IPR faculty study the ways in which social, economic, and governmental policies and contexts at both the state and federal level affect family dynamics, outcomes, and the well-being of children from birth to young adulthood.
IPR researchers look at various causes of poverty, racism, and inequality and their consequences, including continuation of an influential line of research on the effects of public housing and residential policies on youth and adult outcomes.
IPR researchers examine the shifting landscape of urban life, considering myriad issues related to today’s urban experience. Additionally, faculty work on closely related projects in areas such as education, housing, welfare reform, and community policing.