IRRPP Research Projects

In addition to funding the work of UIC faculty conducting research on racial and ethnic inequities, IRRPP also has undertaken research projects to analyze racial dynamics at the request of community partners. When doing so, we create a team of area experts who work closely with the project partners to undertake the research and produce a report that creates greater knowledge about racial inequities and outlines policies that can help close those inequities.


Native American Chicagoans Report

Beyond Evaluation: The Role of Trust in Transforming REACH into a Developmental Tool


In 2012, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) implemented a broad teacher evaluation system, Recognizing Educators Advancing Chicago’s Students (REACH), aimed at improving the level of instruction students receive. Recent analysis of patterns in REACH scores found statistically significant variation in teachers’ scores across schools and between teachers of different races (Jiang & Sporte, 2016). However, these racial disparities in teacher REACH observational ratings were not found in schools reporting high trust between administrators and teachers. IRRPP was approached by CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union to undertake a study of schools with high trust between principals and teachers. This report is the culmination of our year-long study examining how school personnel created a climate of trust and the effect of strong administrator and teacher relationships for instructional performance and REACH evaluations.

Download the report here.