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The Applied Policy Research Lab (APRe-Lab) produces policy relevant research around pressing social problems. Lab projects draw on a variety of theoretical frameworks and employ research methods that emphasize causal inference and the use of administrative and survey data.
The Lab’s goals are twofold:
- Use interdisciplinary, evidence-based empirical methods to advance knowledge of the systemic causes and pervasive consequences of inequality.
- Contribute to debates about the effectiveness and implications of public policy in various domains.
The APRe-Lab is directed by faculty in the Department of Public Policy, Management, and Analytics and the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice, and seeks to foster collaborations among applied policy researchers across UIC and the Chicagoland area.