Data and analysis to drive strategic decision-making that strengthens systems, communities, and nonprofit organizations.


Across the Midwest, IFF provides research services to support data-informed investment and decision-making. IFF’s research team employs a range of rigorous quantitative and qualitative research methods, coupled with IFF’s finance and real estate expertise, extensive experience across sectors, and deep commitment to working collaboratively with community stakeholders, to provide actionable insights and recommendations to solve complex community development challenges.


Client Spotlight · Greater Milwaukee Foundation

A data-informed approach to strengthen Milwaukee's ECE ecosystem

Seeking to identify the strategic investments needed to create equitable access to high-quality, affordable early childhood education services throughout Milwaukee, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation engaged IFF’s research team to conduct a needs assessment captured in an interactive report published in 2020.

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Client Spotlight · Detroit Public Schools

An analysis of Detroit's neighborhoods, educational opportunities, and the conditions of public school buildings

In collaboration with Detroit Public Schools Community District and other local stakeholders, IFF’s research team completed a place-based supply-and-demand needs assessment that laid the groundwork for cross-sector, citywide collaboration to boost access to performing public schools in the Motor City.

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Why Engage IFF's Research Team?

Rigorous, data-informed methods
A community-minded approach
Real estate and facilities expertise
A 30,000-foot view in the Midwest

Research Studies

While IFF’s research is designed to address clients’ specific needs, we also recognize the value of sharing learnings so that others can benefit from our work. Below, we’ve included studies published in recent years that are available to download. It’s important to note that these studies are a snapshot of a point in time, and the data should be viewed accordingly. For specific questions about the studies, or to inquire about older studies not listed below, please email