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Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

IPR Director Diane
Whitmore Schanzenbach

“At the core of IPR’s mission is to produce research that helps address fundamental public policy questions, and to disseminate that work broadly, with the goal of addressing real-world challenges and improving human lives. The Institute has a vibrant group of more than 100 top scholars across 25-plus disciplines at the University, and by bringing them together and promoting their work, IPR makes their research even more impactful.”
–IPR Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach           

What do we know about the conditions that lead to poverty and how being mired in poverty can affect a child or adult’s health or life chances? Can living in a neighborhood with less crime and among neighbors who are better off help poorer residents ascend the social ladder? Does the amount of money spent on public schools matter to how well poor students do in those schools? 

These are just a few of the pressing questions that faculty at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University are attempting to answer through rigorous interdisciplinary social science research.

Its faculty rank among the top social scientists in the nation. They deploy high-quality, nonpartisan research in the pursuit of such questions and seek to disseminate their findings and engage in policy discussions via: 

  • Training next-generation scholars, who include undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows
  • Generating policy-relevant dialogue within the university and with the wider policy community through events, such as workshops, conferences, research briefings, and lectures
  • Educating policymakers, civic leaders, service providers, and the public about IPR’s research findings and their relevant policy implications 

Find out more about how you can support IPR’s transdisciplinary brand of nonpartisan social science scholarship and policy discussion by contacting Michael Kelley at, or you can donate directly by using the button below.

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