Research that benefits society

The Social Impact Community at the University of Iowa is a community of researchers working together with organizations to develop evidence-based solutions to the most pressing issues in our society.

The Initiative is a hub for scholars across disciplines who are passionate about helping organizations and individuals build a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient society – from environmental sustainability to health and well-being, social justice, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Inter-disciplinary, evidence-based, and actionable

Complex societal issues require complex solutions. We tap into the collective expertise of researchers from the social sciences, business, data science, engineering, and public health. We conduct and support cutting edge research, and are razor focused on translating the results into useful and actionable plans for organizations.

Businesses & Organizations

Design CSR programs with real impact

If you believe you can have a positive impact on both society and the bottom line, let’s talk. Despite their best intentions, most organizations struggle to translate this sentiment to real-world impact. Our researchers collaborate with businesses to design corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and figure out how to effectively communicate their impact.


Collaborate to make a big impact

If you want an opportunity to do research with societal impact, join our growing community. We support research through pilot grants, interdisciplinary research connections, and events. We develop competitive proposals for grant funding and sponsored research projects.

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Amy Colbert

Amy Colbert
Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship
Leonard A. Hadley Chair in Leadership

Sara Maples

Sara Maples
Manager, Research Support and Sustainability