Centers & Research

Federal spending. International upheaval. Crime and corruption. Economics of health care. Today’s policy issues demand intelligent solutions—solutions that are fueled by a passion for the public good and backed by research and evidence.

Chicago Harris faculty conduct policy-relevant research on a wide range of public policy issues and questions. Much of that research is characterized by an interdisciplinary collaboration in an effort to improve our understanding of the real-world effects of public policies and to point the way to new solutions to persistent problems.

Chicago Harris faculty are engaged in a variety of initiatives that contribute to research and policy debates. These efforts include working with community, non-profit, and private sector institutions, as well as advising government agencies and other research organizations. Chicago Harris faculty have been influential in deliberations on such questions as national health care reform, housing policy, education and job training, child and family policy, poverty and urban inequality issues.