Centers & Institutes Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) International Innovation Corps The Pearson Institute Urban Labs Center for Economic Policy The History of Chicago Economics Center for Effective Government Center for Health Policy Center for Human Potential and Public Policy (CHPPP) Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab Center for Impact Sciences Center for Municipal Finance Center for Survey Methodology Candidate Name Order Project Center for the Economics of Human Development Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility Affiliated Centers The Center for Impact Sciences is pioneering the use of data standardization for social impact. By advancing a uniform language for impact, the Center will empower policymakers and investors to innovate, benchmark, and predict social impact.The Field of Impact SciencesIntroducing the field of Impact ScienceThe field of social science has struggled to define its meaning of “science”. Science is more than just a research methodology; true science is a systematically organized body of knowledge that enables prediction, replication, and generalizability. This is the promise of Impact Science. Just as econometrics employs statistics, math and modeling to forecast future economic outcomes, impact science seeks to “harden” social science by using structured data to forecast social outcomes.The center will explore cutting-edge and disruptive use cases for impact science in the form of new tools, systems and technologies for achieving social impact. To achieve its mission, the Center for Impact Sciences has four key priorities:Advancing core components researchDeveloping probabilistic decision-making modelsStandardizing social impact dataAdvancing the “S” in ESGAbout the CenterIn the NewsInstitutional Investor: “University of Chicago: There’s no Data to Determine if ESG is Working” Institutional Investor: "ESG Demand Is Hitting Records. But Asset Managers’ Jobs Just Got Harder." Wall Street Journal: "The Difficulty of Measuring a Company Social Impact" Stanford Social Innovation Review: "Fixing the S in ESG"Learn more about the Center for Impact Sciences.The Center for Impact Sciences Launch: Jason Saul's Introductory Remarks The Center for Impact Sciences Launch: Panel on the Future of Evidence for Policymaking Affiliate FacultyJason SaulJason SaulExecutive Director, Center for Impact SciencesJason Saul is one of the world’s leading experts on measuring social impact, advising corporations, federal agencies and philanthropies on how to maximize their impact.Read Jason Saul's BioJohn A. ListJohn A. ListKenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics; Academic Director, Center for Impact SciencesJohn A. List joined the UChicago faculty in 2005, and served as Chairman of the Department of Economics from 2012-2018. His research focuses on questions in microeconomics, with a particular emphasis on using field experiments to address both positive and normative issues.Read John A. List's full bio.