Policy & Research Centers


Our students and faculty work together in national research centers based at Chicago Harris that advance knowledge, provide information to policy professionals, and support ongoing dialogue between researchers and practitioners. The centers give students an extraordinary opportunity to work with experts and see what critical analysis can achieve.


Center for Health Policy

The Chicago Harris Center for Health Policy integrates health policy education and research at Chicago Harris, mobilizes resources in health policy from throughout the University of Chicago, and serves as a platform for collaboration with best-in-class US and international schools.
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Center for Human Potential and Public Policy

The Center for Human Potential and Public Policy promotes cross-disciplinary research and training to better understand the human condition and to identify public policies and technologies that support achievement, health, and well-being across the lifespan.
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Center for Municipal Finance

The Center for Municipal Finance enables students and faculty to engage the major financial issues of the day facing state and local governments in the U.S. and around the globe.
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Center for Policy Entrepreneurship

The Center for Policy Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is a one-of-a-kind initiative focused on the politics of the policy making process. 
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Pritzker Consortium on Early Childhood Development

Recognizing the critical role of the first five years of life in determining human potential, the Pritzker Consortium brings together the world's leading experts to identify when and how child intervention programs can be most influential.
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Crime Lab

The University of Chicago Crime Lab seeks to improve our understanding of how to reduce crime and violence by helping government agencies and non-profit organizations rigorously evaluate new programs.
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Cultural Policy Center

The Cultural Policy Center—a joint initiative of Chicago Harris and the National Opinion Research Center—is an incubator for new approaches to understanding arts and culture, how they work, and how they are affected by public and private policies.
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Urban Policy Institute

UPI seeks to cast light on the determinants and consequences of urban density. These include opportunities for increased social and economic activity, as well as challenges in areas such as transportation, governance, residential segregation, public health, education, and violence.
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Affiliated Centers

Chicago Harris works closely with interdisciplinary research centers and programs involving students and faculty throughout the University.
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