Current Research Projects

The Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy produces reports that provide a comprehensive picture of the inequities and changing conditions that racial and ethnic groups in Chicago face in the last half century. Events, presentations, and reports produced in conjunction with this project provide accessible data and analysis on how racial and ethnic groups in Chicago are faring in relation to housing, economics, education, justice, and health and are meant as a resource for the development of new engaged research projects and policy solutions. You can find our reports here.


In addition to our State of Racial Justice reports, IRRPP also undertakes 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 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. Find out more about our recent research project on CPS teacher evaluations here.


In addition to our research and reports, IRRPP provides funding to UIC faculty members who conduct engaged and policy-relevant research on race and ethnicity. Faculty Fellows are awarded course releases or a grant that covers research costs. Policy and Social Engagement Fellows are awarded grants for projects working with partners on a community action project. We invite you to learn more about our funding programs.


IRRPP focuses our funding on research that examines persistent racial and ethnic inequalities and advances social justice policy solutions. We also support engaged research projects in which UIC faculty and communities collaborate to create resources that sustain and enhance our communities.