Exploring the Link Between Higher Education and Social Justice
The IFP Alumni Tracking Study offers a rare opportunity to explore over the long term how an innovative higher education program has affected the lives of its beneficiaries and the communities in which they live and work. The study is groundbreaking in its size and scope, and contributes to social justice because the study itself gives voice and agency to IFP and its alumni.
Using the decentralized IFP model as a starting point, the study relies on quantitative and qualitative data collected both globally and locally through a combination of surveys and local fieldwork. In addition to mirroring the structure that IFP created, our design encourages alumni engagement at multiple levels.
The IFP theory of change guides the study’s approach, hypothesizing that the fellowship opportunity supported participants in developing their roles as social justice leaders. The acquisition of knowledge and skills through higher education leads, in turn, to social change beyond the individual sphere of influence.
The research questions in the study’s methodology reflect the overall vision of IFP in linking higher education opportunity to social change:
The IFP Alumni Tracking study is being conducted by the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact.
The Center brings together the Institute’s in-house research expertise with leading minds from around the world.
Learn more about our Center and our other evaluation projects