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STatistics for Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

We develop and assess methods for generating, synthesizing, and translating evidence to improve policy and practice.

The STEPP Center was founded in 2019 to facilitate collaboration between statisticians, researchers, policymakers and practitioners using evidence to guide decisions, with a focus on education and the applied social sciences.

The STatistics for Evidence-Based Policy and Practice (STEPP) is based at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and evolved from the IPR’s Q-Center. This expansion was made possible by the 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Research awarded to Larry Hedges.

A Bigger Vision

We believe in a scientific approach to transform the social world and a practice-driven approach to advance science. Our goal is to improve lives through methodological innovation in research.

Operating Principles

Research Areas

Statistical methods propel the quality of results provided in evaluations, as well as the questions posed and the relevance of science to practice. Our center seeks to serve the practitioner and policymaker communities through the development and promotion of state of the art methods for researchers.

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Generating Evidence

Generating strong evidence regarding innovations and practices through randomized trials and other strong research designs.

Does a program or intervention result in improved outcomes?

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Synthesizing Evidence

Synthesizing and interpreting the results of multiple studies.

How do we make sense of competing results from multiple sources about an intervention of policy?

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Translating Evidence

Translating findings into meaningful and useful mechanisms to inform the evolution of policy and practice.

What is the best approach to convey evidence to a diverse audience of consumers?

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Education & Training

We provide tutorial papers, online tools, seminars and short courses that train students and practitioners, and professional development institutes for established researchers.

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Resources

We provide tutorial papers, online tools, seminars and short courses that train students and practitioners, and professional development institutes for established researchers.

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Events & News

Check out upcoming events at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and stay up to date with the STEPP Center's news and announcements.

IPR Events

Apr
18
2022

IPR Colloquium: S. Franconeri (Psych./IPR) - Thinking with Data Visualizations, Fast and Slow

12:00 PM Chambers Hall, 600 Foster St
Please note that all IPR colloquia this spring will be held simultaneously in person and online. Registration is only re...
Apr
25
2022

IPR Colloquium: S. Diamond (Pritzker/Psych./IPR) - Fair Juries

12:00 PM Chambers Hall, 600 Foster St
Please note that all IPR colloquia this spring will be held in person and online. Registration is only required for the ...
May
2
2022

IPR Colloquium: T. Bonilla (IPR/SESP) - TBA

12:00 PM Chambers Hall, 600 Foster St
Please note that all IPR colloquia this spring will be held simultaneously in person and online. Registration is only re...

STEPP Center News & Announcements