The Iowa Policy Project (IPP)
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The Iowa Policy Project (IPP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2001 to produce research and analysis to engage Iowans in state policy decisions. IPP focuses on tax and budget issues, economic opportunity and family prosperity, and energy and environmental policy.

Mission Statement

  • The mission of the Iowa Policy Project is to promote public policy that fosters economic opportunity while safeguarding the health and well-being of Iowa's people and the environment.
  • By providing a foundation of fact-based, objective research and engaging the public in an informed discussion of policy alternatives, IPP advances effective, accountable and fair government. 

More About IPP

Founded in 2001, the Iowa Policy Project provides timely research on policy issues of critical importance to the citizens of Iowa. Specifically, IPP focuses on tax and budget, energy and environment, and economic opportunity issues. One important way IPP reaches the public is through the media. News releases and news conferences usually accompany the release of reports. IPP staff also make frequent presentations around the state. Our clearly written reports and presentations equip all Iowans with the facts and context they need to evaluate policy alternatives.

IPP is affiliated with the Economic Analysis Research Network (EARN), which includes similar policy groups in about two dozen states. EARN was initiated by and is supported by the Economic Policy Institute. In 2003, IPP joined with the Child and Family Policy Center in Des Moines to form the Iowa Fiscal Partnership. The Partnership and its website,, were created to be a reliable information source on fiscal policy issues in Iowa. The Iowa Fiscal Partnership offers policy solutions that value the contributions of Iowa's low-income and working families, increase economic opportunity, and reduce inequality. The Partnership is affiliated with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' State Fiscal Analysis Initiative and was made possible with generous funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Stoneman Family Foundation.

Current funding for IPP comes from a variety of sources, including the McKnight Foundation, the Stoneman Family Foundation and the Northwest Area Foundation, as well as individuals and organizations in the state of Iowa. Previous funders include The Joyce Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, the Retirement Research Foundation, the Iowa Finance Authority and the United States Department of Labor.
IPP is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Contact The Iowa Policy Project (IPP)

David Osterberg
Founder, Researcher and Former Director
20 E. Market St.
Iowa City, Iowa  52245
Phone: 319-338-0773


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Iowa

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