Policy Analysis

As one of the research centers of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, CPRD seeks to support public policy by improving state and community capacity for prevention; wellness, prevention, and educational practices both within school and after school; and policies, practices, and decision making based on research.

We believe strongly in data-based policy making, and CPRD has more than two decades of experience in policy assessment–both development and implementation–and making recommendations for improving the academic and social outcomes of youth and families.


CPRD has partnered with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois to research the cost of methamphetamine to the state of Illinois. Our analysis covered a wide range of costs to children, families, and communities, from its immediate cost in law enforcement to more delayed or subtle effects such as lost work productivity.