At IPR, we provide the evidence that policymakers need to make people’s lives better.
The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is an interdisciplinary public policy research institute founded in 1968 at Northwestern University. Our mission is to stimulate and support excellent social science research on significant public policy issues and to disseminate the findings widely—to students, scholars, policymakers, and the public.
Leadership & Staff
The Institute's director and associate director marshal IPR’s faculty members and research processes, aided by the members of IPR’s Executive Committee and its research and administrative staff members.
The Institute counts postdoctoral fellows as well as graduate and undergraduate research assistants among its community, who work with IPR faculty researchers on projects addressing vital social policy issues.
IPR offers a range of services to our faculty and students, divided broadly between administrative and communications supports.
As part of Northwestern University, IPR is housed under the Office for Research, but it also works closely with other schools and departments, in particular, the School of Education and Social Policy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Pritzker School of Law, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Kellogg School of Management, in addition to collaborating with funders and external organizations and institutions.