What We Do
Advocating for progressive policies
We understand that strong, reliable research is only the first step toward progressive change. We advocate strongly and persistently for new policies that will benefit the people of Illinois – through educational efforts aimed at legislators and through strategic communications campaigns that use traditional and social media outlets to engage and inform the public.
Communicating Illinois’ strengths to legislators, reporters and the world
Conducting and gathering evidence-based research
As part of our mission, we conduct and gather research that focuses on the most pressing policy challenges facing Illinois – in education, healthcare, innovation, workers’ rights, energy, environment, governance, consumer protection and economic growth.
Adapting best practices
We survey best practices that have been implemented in other states, seeking smart, pragmatic programs and initiatives that can be adapted and duplicated here in Illinois.
Strengthening government-academia relationships
Through our strong connections with both government and academia, we seek to facilitate stronger, more productive partnerships that will speed the process of development of sound, evidence-based policy.
Developing nationwide partnerships
We collaborate with allied organizations nationwide that share our mission and our insistence on evidence-based policymaking, working to amplify their findings and develop advocacy relationships that cross state lines.