Institute of Government and Public Affairs


The Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) is the place where world-class research and policy meet. Over the past 73 years, IGPA has worked to ensure that the University of Illinois System’s world-class scholars bring their immense research, knowledge and understanding to bear on pressing policy issues, on behalf of the people of Illinois. Today, IGPA has evolved into the people’s policy think tank, providing evidence-based research and data-driven analysis connecting scholars and their work to decision-makers in Illinois, the Midwest, and the nation. IGPA strives to identify the most pressing policy topics to help guide their scholarly work and serve as a bridge connecting policymakers and thought leaders to objective research gathered using the most appropriate research methods critical to all policy conversations. In 2020, IGPA launched the IGPA Task Force on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic putting scores of scholars into conversation with policymakers. Their policy publications have undergirded conversations on public health, fiscal recovery, community resilience, and more. IGPA’s scholars also collaborate within focused working groups, including - Education, Learning and Child and Family Well-Being, - Equity, Justice and Human Flourishing, - Fiscal and Economic Policy, and - Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Health.

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  • Fretwell-Wilson, Robin; Weine, Stevan; Krishnan, Jerry (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-05-01)
    This report identifies several challenges healthcare workers are facing in Illinois during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include the direct health risks to them and their families, as well as issues involving access to ...


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  • Kessler, Meghan A. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-11-24)
    This report, the seventh in IGPA's Policy Spotlight series, examines the impact the pandemic has had on teachers and school administrators in Illinois. While some of these challenges predated the pandemic, many have been ...


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  • Cordova, Teresa; Weine, Stevan (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-04-16)
    To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and alleviate the pressure on medical resources, state and local governments in Illinois mandated measures of social distancing, including sheltering at home. While necessary during a ...


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  • Fretwell Wilson, Robin; Zellner, Moira; Zandiatashbar, Ahoura (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-04-28)
    COVID-19 has created a crisis with little precedent. Illinoisans have lost family members. People have died in hospitals alone. But the human toll of the pandemic can be measured in more than lives lost. There have been ...


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  • Gaines, Brian J. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-12-10)
    Since May, as one component of the IGPA Pandemic Stress Indicators, a panel of three sets of experts have periodically shared their opinions about pandemic policies. Specialists on economics, public health, and/or vulnerable ...


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