Research Portfolio

Our research is the backbone of the IVMF—it informs our programs, guides our future direction, and empowers action across the veteran and military family community.

IVMF’s diverse portfolio reflects the range of social, economic, and wellness challenges that may affect transitioning service members, veterans, or their families. It spans multiple academic disciplines and employs a variety of research methods, from traditional to action-oriented approaches, to empower those who work to advance the lives of our veterans.

We lead sponsored and independent research projects. We develop evidence-based approaches to the Institute’s our partners’ programs. We build tools that inform our stakeholders and ease navigation and access to resources. And we translate theory into action through our policy and practitioner-oriented publications, research briefs on peer reviewed studies, and topical releases. Explore our work further below.

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Research and Policy Analysis

From community-based supportive services to national policy matters, we partner with public, private, and social sector organizations to inform the direction of veteran and military family focused programs and policies.

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Measurement and Evaluation

We offer a range of evaluation supports, from needs assessments to multi-method evaluation designs, quality improvement to outcome monitoring, and dashboard development to storytelling. By measuring and evaluating both IVMF-run and partner programs, we build the capacity and increase the quality of programs and services for veterans and military families.

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We are building our data visualization and dashboard-building capabilities, working to expand our catalog of interactive data tools that drive decision-making processes and provide better public access to veteran-related datasets.

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In addition to our sponsored and non-sponsored research and evaluation projects, we issue periodicals that distill national employment statistics and peer-reviewed academic work. By translating this data and complex analysis into meaningful conclusions to a broad stakeholder audience, we empower more impactful decision-making on policies and programs that affect transitioning service members, veterans, and their families.

Briefs from the Field:

Our ‘Briefs from the Field’ (formerly known as Research Briefs) bridge theory and practice across multiple disciplines by distilling complex research methods and findings to their practical implications. Released on a semi-monthly basis, briefs cover topics and studies ranging from veteran homelessness and mental health to military skills transfer, educational benefits, and the stress of deployments on families.

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Quarterly Employment Briefs:

Finding meaningful, long-term civilian employment is a pressing and ongoing issue for veterans and transitioning service members. We release quarterly employment briefs that trace monthly and annual labor statistics trends and employment outcomes for veterans, with special emphasis on differences across key demographic categories.

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The IVMF regularly engages with leading authorities and organizations working in the veteran and military community. We participate in conferences and events across the country, convene thought leaders and experts, and host nationally recognized speakers on campus. These events are prime opportunities to advance academic, government, and community collaboration that advances the lives of our nation’s veterans and military-connected families. With the construction of the National Veterans Resource Complex on the Syracuse University campus, we look forward to creating a forum to facilitate and promote greater thought leadership and public-private innovation.

Learn more about the National Veterans Resource Complex