Departments and Research Centers

Youth Policy Lab

The Youth Policy Lab coordinates activities to provide information and analyses that social services organizations need to do their jobs most effectively.

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Core faculty

Brian A. Jacob

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy; Professor of Public Policy, Economics, and Education
Jacob is co-director of the Youth Policy Lab. His primary fields of interest are labor economics, program evaluation, and the economics of education. Jacob's current research focuses on urban school reform, with a particular emphasis on standards and accountability initiatives.
Core faculty

Megan Tompkins-Stange

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Tompkins-Stange is a scholar of education policy and philanthropy, focusing on the influence of private foundations on the politics of K-12 school reform.
Staff

Jeremy Guardiola

Project Manager
Jeremy Guardiola is a project manager for the Youth Policy Lab. In this role, he coordinates and executes all phases of research projects, including planning, data collection and analysis, and dissemination. Prior to joining the Lab, Jeremy served as…
Staff

Adrianna High

Michigan Data & Policy Fellow, Youth Policy Lab
Adrianna High is a Michigan Data & Policy Fellow with the Youth Policy Lab. Adrianna comes to YPL from the State of Michigan's Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. In her previous role as a data analyst, her primary focus was…
Staff

Yejae Kim

Data Analyst, Youth Policy Lab
Yejae Kim is a data analyst with the Youth Policy Lab. Yejae holds a bachelor’s degree in data science and international relations and a GIS certification from Calvin University in 2021. Yejae has worked for Calvin University Center for Social…
Staff

Olivia Meeks

Project Manager, Youth Policy Lab
Olivia Meeks is a project manager for the Youth Policy Lab. Prior to joining the Lab, Olivia served as a research coordinator at District of Columbia Public Schools and as a research assistant in education policy studies at the American Enterprise…
Staff

Shiyu Nitsos

Administrative Assistant, Youth Policy Lab
Shiyu Nitsos joined the Ford School in July 2018 and currently provides administrative support for the operations and programs of the Youth Policy Lab.  Shiyu grew up in China and graduated from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics…
Staff

Andrea Plevek

Executive Director, Youth Policy Lab
Andrea Plevek is the Executivee Director for the Youth Policy Lab. In her role, she provides executive leadership, administrative management, community outreach, and partnership development for the Lab. Previously, Andrea was the Executive Director…
Staff

Aaron Sepulveda

Michigan Data & Policy Fellow, Youth Policy Lab
Aaron Sepulveda is a Michigan Data & Policy Fellow with the Youth Policy Lab. Through his fellowship placement with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, he will work on improving employment and training outcomes for…
News

Math games: High 5s program brings the 'math out of play'

Apr 11, 2022
TAYLOR—While groups of first graders work in clusters at pods around the classroom, four children face their teacher at a U-shaped desk, backs straight and eyes alert as she deals cards to each of them.  They're playing "Chocolate Chip Count," a...
In the Media

Jacob weighs in on chronic absenteeism

Feb 27, 2022 Chillicothe Gazette
Across the country, schools are struggling with chronic absenteeism. Brian Jacob, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, weighed in on the issue. "Even before we figure out if we should improve the curriculum, at the basic level you...
In the Media

Jacob discusses chronic absenteeism fueled by pandemic

Feb 20, 2022 The Columbus Dispatch
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the nation are struggling with rising absenteeism rates. Brian Jacob, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, weighed in on the issue.  "There was a once-in-a-century global public...
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Ford School names Weill Youth Policy Fellow and Weill Scholars

Oct 12, 2021
The Ford School recognizes three outstanding master’s students—Paolo Mutia (MPP/MSI ‘24) and Anna D. Nguyen (MPP/MSI ‘24) as Weill Scholars and Sharon Ceron Espinosa (MPP ‘23) as the Weill Youth Policy Fellow. All three are recipients of the...
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Jacob and Parthasarathy receive prestigious University awards

Oct 11, 2021
Brian Jacob and Shobita Parthasarathy have been recognized by the University of Michigan Provost for their scholarly contributions, teaching, and service to the University. They will be honored with other faculty members at a dinner and ceremony on...
State & Hill

Building strength

Jun 10, 2021
With new leading-edge research and faces at the school, the Ford School builds depth in two key policy areas. Energy and the environment Economics, political science, psychology, and community engagement are at the roots of the Ford School’s...
News

Examining Detroit students' college pathways

May 26, 2021
Academic and non-academic barriers are preventing Detroit high school students from enrolling and succeeding in college. Detroit Students’ College Pathways and Outcomes, a policy brief released by the Youth Policy Lab (YPL) at the University of...
In the Media

Amid border surge, Lin discusses immigration reform

Mar 22, 2021 Sinclair Broadcast Group
“It matters in the sense that members of Congress and the president will be worried about the public reaction to the surge might affect the willingness to support either of these bills,” said Ann Lin, as a surge of migrants — including unaccompanied...
In the Media

Youth Policy Lab finds metro Detroit is slipping in college readiness

Feb 3, 2021 Detroit Free Press
U-M's Youth Policy Lab (YPL) analyzed data for the Detroit Regional Chambers "2021 State of Education" report, finding "a sober assessment of education attainment in the Detroit region." "With many key enrollment and attainment indicators trending...