Exploring the Link Between Higher Education and Social Justice
The Institute of International Education (IIE) has launched a groundbreaking 10-year, longitudinal study designed to explore and analyze the impact of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program® (IFP) on its more than 4,300 alumni from over 22 countries. The study offers a rare opportunity to explore over the long term how an innovative higher education program affected the lives of its beneficiaries and the communities in which they live and work, and to examine whether it shifted the picture of equity and access in developing countries and within marginalized communities.
The purpose of the IFP Tracking Study is to measure the long-term impact of the International Fellowships Program (IFP) through the personal pathways of its alumni. Our research hypothesis is that IFP has provided alumni with opportunities, both personal and professional, that have caused social impacts beyond the individual experience.
Using the decentralized IFP model as a starting point, the team will collect quantitative and qualitative data at the global, regional, and country levels using a combination of surveys and local fieldwork. This approach mirrors the structure that IFP created and also encourages alumni engagement at multiple levels, including through interactions with local researchers.
Learn more about ongoing IFP research
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