Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC)

In May, DPI announced the launch of the Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC) with $3.9 million from some of the city’s most influential philanthropists and foundations. IWERC will identify the questions most important to Illinois policy and education leaders and then analyze data to come up with answers that will help more students succeed. IWERC will utilize public data on students from early childhood through college.

IWERC’s goals complement DPI’s ambitions to improve education and training for in-demand tech jobs as well as conduct applied research. IWERC sits at the center of both initiatives; it will conduct research on job-readiness. IWERC’s initial funders include the Joyce Foundation; the Steans Family Foundation; the Pritzker Traubert Foundation; the Spencer Foundation; and two anonymous donors.