What We Offer

The Institute has assembled a multidisciplinary team of social scientists, applied research and evaluation methodologists, subject matter experts, and world-class institutional partners spanning the Syracuse University campus and beyond.


Learn more about the IVMF’s multidisciplinary team of researchers, experts, and partners.


We work with a variety of partners to study the military community to determine their needs and desires and where systems are falling short in providing them the support they need to succeed.


IVMF is committed to the highest standards of research integrity, rigor, and transparency.

Our Strengths and Expertise

Applied Research

  • Multi-method research design
  • Policy analysis
  • Quantitative and statistical analysis
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Interviews and focus groups
  • Case studies
  • Leading practices
  • Literature reviews
  • Implementation planning

Measurement and Evaluation

  • Needs assessments
  • Formative and summative evaluation designs
  • Technical assistance and training
  • Quality and process improvement
  • Outcome measurement
  • Database development
  • Dashboards and analytical tools
  • Data visualization
  • Impact communications

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Student Development Activities

U.S. Service Academy Summer Research

Since 2015, the IVMF has sponsored a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet to conduct applied research alongside the IVMF team.

Learn More About Summer Research

Community Link Program

A requirement of the undergraduate Maxwell Public Affairs program is that policy studies majors complete a research project for a government or non-profit agency. Since 2015, eight students have supported the IVMF with research and analysis projects.

Learn More About the Community Link Program

Trauma Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) Program

A National Science Foundation funded initiative, this joint effort led by Dr. Brooks Gump at Syracuse University’s Falk College, in partnership with SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY Oswego, improves access to research experiences for groups typically underrepresented in research. The IVMF provides additional program support to this initiative through student program managers and guest speakers.

Learn More About the Trauma REU Program

Mercy Works Synergy Program

Mercy Works is a unique professional development program that provides goal-oriented college students with an opportunity to learn skills that will advance them further in their academic and professional careers, and contribute to the future of Central New York’s workforce and community. The IVMF research team launched a new collaboration with Mercy Works in the summer 2016 to host two student research interns.

Learn More About the Mercy Works Synergy Program