Initiatives

Explore the following PRIISM research initiatives to find out more about the work conducted by our faculty and affiliates. 

Methodology and Measurement

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The Methodology and Measurement initiative concentrates on the development, testing, and dissemination of statistical techniques to understand real-world issues. Selected projects include:
  • Applying modern psychometric methods to improve the reliability and validity of in-class observational measures of teaching, and connecting these improvements to advances in the application of value-added modeling.
  • Building and extending methods to explore the sensitivity of inferences of causal effects to changes in structural assumptions, and creating practical guidelines for using sensitivity analyses in applied settings.
  • Developing nonparametric Bayesian models at the intersection of machine learning and causal inference, and formulating computational techniques to fit these models.

Health Policy and Practice

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The goal of this initiative is to inform policy in the health sciences through evidence-based research. Selected projects include:
  • Evaluating potential effects of a policy prohibiting large sizes of sugar-sweetened beverages on the consumption of calories from beverages at fast-food restaurants.
  • Evaluating the effects of taxation and labeling policies on consumer food and beverage purchases.
  • Evaluating how restaurant grading in New York City affects food safety compliance, receipt of fines, and revenues.
  • Estimating the relationship between Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and health outcomes for students in grades K-8.

Peace and Conflict

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This initiative focuses on applying cutting-edge methods to delve into the factors that foster peace in conflict-affected countries. Selected projects include:

  • Understanding the effect of access to tertiary education on hope, and peace and conflict outcomes.

Education Policy and Practice

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This initiative focuses on evaluating and understanding a range of programs in New York City, with the goal of guiding implementation and informing education policy. Selected projects include:
  • Examining progress in integrating students with disabilities with general education students, and how spending on special education services has changed over time.
  • Assessing the impact of neighborhood institutions, such as NYC's Urban Advantage program, in supporting educational achievement and teacher retention.
  • Measuring racial, ethnic, and other disparities in the rates of gifted-and-talented admissions test taking.

Society and Social Welfare

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This initiative focuses on creating and assessing new methods that harness data to positively impact society. Selected projects include:
  • Developing interpretable statistical models to aid judicial pretrial release decisions.
  • Implementing predictive machine learning techniques to allocate beneficial services to children and families with high need, and to avoid burdening low-need families with unnecessary services.
  • Improving the reuse of open data and measuring the demand for open government data.