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

Assistant 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

Shiyu Nitsos

Administrative Assistant, Youth Policy Lab
Shiyu Nitsos joined the Ford School in July 2018. She 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 (Chengdu,…
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…
News

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...
News

Students support local organizations to improve equity

Aug 28, 2020
One element of the struggle for economic equity in Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities is the intentional denial of support networks that provide funding, customers, connections or other resources for businesses and...
State & Hill

Faculty Findings - Spring 2020

May 22, 2020
Robin Jacob on closing early childhood achievement gaps The first five years of a child’s life are considered the most critical for development. But for too many children from low-income households, learning opportunities...

Report finds gaps in access to career, technical ed programs

Feb 5, 2020
A new University of Michigan report detailing access to career and technical education programs in Michigan has found that while CTE courses are popular among high school students, there’s a gap in access to them.CTE courses prepare students to work...