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We catalyze empirical research that seeks to help stakeholders working to address social issues, both by examining the practices of social sector organizations and evaluating innovative social programs.

We share research findings with practitioners and leaders in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors in hopes of making their work more impactful. We also support theoretical research that investigates the frameworks under which organizations operate and their role in society. Then we share research findings with practitioners and leaders in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors in hopes of making their work more impactful.

A cornerstone of our efforts is facilitating cutting-edge research partnerships between leading academics and partners in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors. By pairing top minds in economics, operations, marketing, finance, accounting, and behavioral science with a broad network of alumni and sector leaders, we aim to generate important insights to advance the way organizations operate and address some of the most challenging social issues.

Impact by the Numbers

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174

Number of additional kidneys available for transplant each year after a Booth team dug into the donation process

174
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16.1%

Percentage of corporate charitable giving that may be politically motivated, according to research by Booth’s Marianne Bertrand

16.1%
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80,000

Number of additional people that nonprofit Feeding America is able to feed every day after a Booth team devised a new distribution mechanism

80,000
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Data Sources

The Rustandy Center supports research in the social sector by providing access to a variety of data sources and database support.

Data Sources
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Visiting Fellows

By hosting scholars from other leading research institutions, the Rustandy Center Visiting Fellows program fosters a spirit of collaboration.

Visiting Fellows
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Research Professionals

The Rustandy Center research professionals participate in Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC), a bridge to doctoral programs in the quantitative sciences.

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Research Professionals

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