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Doing good takes more than good intentions. Today’s policy issues demand intelligent solutions supported by evidence-driven research. Working at the frontiers of data collection and analysis, Harris faculty use the best science of our day to produce positive social impact.
From its inception, Harris Public Policy has sought to enhance the University of Chicago's role in shaping and understanding public life by conducting policy-relevant research. As one of the world's preeminent research universities, the University of Chicago is home to internationally renowned scholars, researchers, and intellectual pioneers. In the last century, the University produced more than 80 Nobel laureates in fields of study that include medicine, economics, and physics—including five current faculty members.
Harris is the academic home to UChicago's five Urban Labs. Discover how their work is making an impact in addressing challenges across key dimensions of urban life, including crime, education, health, poverty, and energy & environment.
The nonpartisan Project on Political Reform investigates the sources of government dysfunction and identifies pragmatic solutions, addressing such topics as legislative decision-making, lobbying, political accountability, campaign laws and practices, structural incentives that influence candidate and office-holder behavior, and the relationships between governing institutions.
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Policy is not about feeling good. Policy is about doing good. With passion and precision, we figure out what’s best for society—and get it done.
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As a journalist, you are always looking for insightful approaches to pressing issues. You can count on the outstanding faculty at Harris Public Policy for consistent, rigorous inquiry into major policy issues of our day.