Center for Human Potential and Public Policy (CHPPP)

BIP Lab Receives Grant from the Joyce Foundation
Professors Kalil and Mayer will test the effectiveness of parent-focused behavioral tools on Head Start program attendance.
7th Annual ST&S Lecture with The White House Social & Behavioral Sciences Team
Maya Shankar & Will Tucker on using behavioral science to design policies that work better and cost less
Brookings Institute releases Kalil and Mayer’s Social Mobility Memo.
Professors Kalil and Mayer discuss the shortcomings in the literature on maternal time with children.
PACT more than doubles the time parents spend reading to children.
PACT, a study of the BIP Lab (the research hub of CHPPP), demonstrates the power of behavioral science on parenting interventions.
BIP Lab Co-Director Ariel Kalil Presents PACT Pilot Findings at White House Event
PACT pilot study finds encouraging results to help close the word gap.

The purpose of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy at Chicago Harris is to understand the forces driving inequality of opportunity for children in society and to develop interventions to close the gaps in cognitive and non-cognitive skills between economically advantaged and disadvantaged children. CHPPP has a special interest in interventions that draw on the principles of behavioral science and that leverage technology so that promising interventions can be brought to scale quickly and cost effectively.  Directed by Professor Ariel Kalil, a developmental psychologist who studies how economic conditions and parents’ socioeconomic status affect parenting, the home environment, and child development, the Center advances the distinction of Chicago Harris among public policy schools for its interdisciplinary perspective on children and families.

Whereas research on children’s achievement is often focused on the school setting, CHPPP focuses on child development in the context of the family. In doing so, it takes an explicit two-generation approach to promoting human development by conducting research and outreach to inform public policy initiatives that support parents to invest in their children. Since it was established in 1998, CHPPP has been committed to conducting and supporting innovative, policy-relevant research and training the next generation of scholars and policy makers.