Research Scholar Initiatives

IGPA’s Research Scholar Initiatives catalyze large-scale policy inquiries to undergird the development of policy decision making models by teams of scholars across the University of Illinois System and maximize public engagement and impact.

About

Since 1947, the Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) has connected scholars across the University of Illinois System with legislators, civil servants, and key decision makers in Springfield, throughout the Land of Lincoln, and beyond. As the only System-level institute dedicated to policy engagement, we connect world-class research with the state’s needs—and we support policymakers in pursuing research-driven solutions.

IGPA’s Research Scholar Initiatives catalyze large-scale policy inquiries to undergird the development of policy decision making models by teams of scholars across the University of Illinois System and maximize public engagement and impact.

Funded Research Scholar Initiatives

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Farm Bill Mapping Initiative

The Farm Bill Mapping Project uses existing public data to visualize agricultural and conservation policies in support of policy design efforts in the forthcoming 2023 Congressional Farm Bill reauthorization process. The project further combines statutory and regulatory interpretation with data and computation from the Policy Design Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Eventually, the resulting public-facing mapping effort will demonstrate the statutory and regulatory provisions of the Farm Bill. 

Principal Investigator

Jonathan Coppess

Director of the Gardner Agriculture Policy Program and Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Co-Investigators

Jong Lee

Deputy Associate Director, Software Directorate, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Christopher Navarro

Lead Research Programmer, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Effects of COVID-19 and Work From Home on Local Government Revenue Initiative

How have changes in the work-force due to COVID-19 and shifts to work-from-home employment models impacted local government sales taxes and mass transit agencies’ revenues? This initiative seeks to provide data and methodologies that will help policymakers understand and react to the most significant change in the labor market in decades.

Principal Investigator

David Merriman

James J. Stukel Presidential Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois Chicago

Co-Investigators

Kenneth Kriz

Director, Institute for Illinois Public Finance and Distinguished Professor, School of Public Management and Policy, University of Illinois Springfield

Richard Funderburg

Associate Professor, School of Public Management and Policy, University of Illinois Springfield

Yonghong Wu

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois Chicago

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Effects of COVID-19 on Vaccine Uptake and Mental Health Initiative

Using innovative qualitative and quantitative research methods, this project will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic affected mental health and vaccine uptake among children, families, and childcare providers. The research team will inform public health policy narratives and recommend messaging for mental health and vaccine uptake in the wake of COVID-19.

Principal Investigator

Jacinda Dariotis

Pampered Chef, Ltd., Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency, Professor and Director of the Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Co-Investigators

Liza Berdychevsky

Associate Professor, Department of Recreation, Sport, & Tourism, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Brenda Koester

Associate Director, Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Rebecca Smith

Associate Professor, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Leona Yi-Fan Su

Associate Professor, Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, College of Media, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Brent McBride

Director of the Child Development Laboratory and  Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

APPLY

IGPA is accepting proposals for Fiscal Year 2023 initiatives. The deadline to submit proposals is September 30, 2022.

Contact IGPA Director Robin Wilson (wils@uillinois.edu) or Research Initiative and Policy Specialist Jake Hamilton (hamilt13@uillinois.edu) with any questions regarding the application.