Conducting Research

We conduct original research to understand why and where inequities exist.

Activating Solutions

We activate evidence-based solutions with practitioners and policymakers.

Developing Leaders

We develop current and emerging policy leaders with impactful opportunities.

Letter from the Director


As the founding director of the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis (SPI) it is my pleasure to lead the institute’s vision of creating equitable social and economic opportunities for people around the world. SPI was founded as a hub to connect researchers with those in business, nonprofits, and government agencies who seek innovative strategies to improve equity and identify bold solutions to complex social problems. Prosperity should be accessible to all. We believe that through inclusive research and meaningful partnerships we can activate policy and practice solutions to break the cycle of inequality. As SPI grows, our goal is to foster evidence-based solutions grounded in the community to improve the lives of the generations to come.

I look forward to partnering with you!
Michal Grinstein-Weiss

Informing Solutions

Financial Security

Supporting the prosperity and security of individuals and families


Increasing opportunities for achievement and advancement


Elevating equitable neighborhood and housing strategies


Improving health outcomes, behaviors and access to wellness

Featured: Behavioral challenges among isolated children in Israel

Research from the Social Policy Institute in Israel found that increased isolation due to COVID-19 exposure in schools are associated with anger, violence, difficulties sleeping, and prolonged screen time in children. This research informed a new policy from Israel’s parliament (Knesset) to reduce isolation time for children upon a negative test.

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