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The Applied Policy Research Lab (APRe-Lab) produces policy relevant research around pressing social problems. The Lab’s goals are twofold:

  1. Promote interdisciplinary research using evidence-based empirical methods to advance knowledge of the systemic causes and pervasive consequences of inequality.
  2. Contribute to debates about the effectiveness and implications of public policies in various domains.

To do so, the APRe-Lab draws from a variety of theoretical frameworks and employs research methods that emphasize causal inference and the use of administrative and survey data. APRe-Lab research spans numerous areas with a particular emphasis on social policy (broadly defined), crime and criminal justice, and immigration.

The APRe-Lab is directed by faculty in the Department of Public Administration and the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice, and seeks to foster collaborations among applied policy researchers across UIC and the Chicagoland area.