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The Center for Impact Sciences (CIS) at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy was launched to make evidence more actionable for policymakers. Specifically, we focus on pioneering new frontiers in standardization, data science and probabilistic modeling in order to provide policymakers with greater scientific rigor for decision making.
Similar to how econometrics employs statistics, math and modeling to forecast future economic outcomes, CIS seeks to “harden” social science by using structured data to forecast social outcomes. We don’t believe that “evidence-based” should be a binary determination – i.e. a program is either effective or not. In reality, efficacy is probabilistic, and data can be used to estimate likelihood of success and mitigate risk of failure. Program design can be optimized scientifically using standardized variables and benchmarking past precedent.
To achieve its mission, the Center for Impact Sciences has four key priorities:
Here are three ways you can get involved with the Center:
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To get involved or learn more about the Center for Impact Sciences, email Jason Saul.
John A. List is the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. He received his B.S. in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wyoming.