Education, Learning, and Child and Family Well-Being
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Fiscal and Economic Policy
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Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Health
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Equity, Justice, and Human Flourishing
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COVID-19 Task Force
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Data Driven Research

Recently, IGPA went from a closed system of a handful of scholars, working from a discreet set of disciplines, to engaging roughly 150 scholars across all three universities through our Working Groups and Task Force on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Our Working Group structure maps onto human needs and desired outcomes in our state, not narrow academic disciplines. Each group is interdisciplinary and interdepartmental—and built to enable relationships among its members and maximize policy impact.

We have been working with network analysis experts to map our connections throughout the U of I System. In the video, you can see IGPA’s older, closed system on the left, and on the right you can see the new IGPA.

The result tells a compelling story about how IGPA serves as a catalyst and connector within the University of Illinois System. The analysis found that IGPA has leveraged its unique position at the system level to create more than 6,700 connections between scholars that may not have materialized otherwise. We succeed through the strength of our relationships and the depth of our shared experience.

4 Working Groups

IGPA’s working group structure maps onto human needs and desired outcomes in our state. Each group is interdisciplinary, interdepartmental and built to enable relationships among its members.

150+Members

IGPA working group members collaborate substantively and share knowledge. In addition to policy impact, working group partnerships have enabled new research avenues, funding streams, and more.

6,700+Connections

IGPA serves as a key connector and catalyst of relationships across the U of I system. A network analysis of our Working Groups and Task Force on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic found that they have created more than 6,700 connections between system scholars to date.

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Kathy Sullivan                            Senior Assistant Director

AREAS OF FOCUS

Education, Learning, and Child and Family Well-Being

Fiscal and Economic Policy

Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Health

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Equity, Justice, and Human Flourishing

COVID-19
Task Force

IGPA assembled more than four dozen interdisciplinary experts from all three U of I System universities to assess COVID-19’s effects on the state. Members of the task force stand ready to help consult with state and local officials and provide any information they can to assist.

RESEARCH SCHOLAR
INITIATIVES

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The Fiscal Futures Project is dedicated to informing the public and policymakers about state budget transparency and long-term budget concerns.

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Citizen Scientists offer firsthand accounts of how policy plays out in practice.

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The Flash Index is a monthly snapshot of the state’s economic performance as estimated from receipts for corporate income, individual income, and retail sales taxes.

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Decades of comprehensive survey data offer insight into Americans’ attitudes about race.