Public relations research can serve to define not only what we know, but also what we don’t. The Institute for Public Relations supports PR research, and makes this knowledge widely available to practitioners, educators, researchers and the clients they serve.

The Institute’s public relations research program is guided by the Institute for Public Relations Research Fellows, the Board of Trustees, by various Institute Commissions and by colleagues in the academic and professional communities. All of our published PR research is available free through this website.


The Institute for Public Relations pursues an aggressive agenda of research studies and peer-reviewed white papers that demonstrate the value of public relations. IPR focuses on research that matters, delivering knowledge that ultimately helps business management to achieve their goals through more effective public relations. IPR has sponsored or published more than 500 studies and papers since its founding, such as the recently published paper, Using Public Relations to Drive Business Results.

Research published by IPR is read by a diverse global audience of public relations practitioners, academics, students, and colleagues working in client companies.

IPR funds high-quality research on topics relevant to current practice and in public relations education. Research results of IPR-supported studies are published on this website. Also, results appear as IPR white papers and/or as conference presentations, and subsequently as articles in journals, scholarly publications and books.

In addition to results from sponsored research, IPR solicits and reviews high-quality submissions from academics, graduate students and practitioners whether or not the original research was supported by IPR. If accepted for review, submissions of research results, white papers, case studies and similar research-based work is considered by IPR Research Fellows, by members of the IPR Commission on Public Relations Measurement and Evaluation or by ad hoc committees of scholars and practitioners who may recommend the materials be published by IPR.

Please send questions or submissions to the Institute for Public Relations at info@instituteforpr.org.

Behavioral Insights Research Center

The Behavioral Insights Research Center’s (BIRC) mission is to conduct research on the factors that influence attitude and behavioral change to enable effective communication. BIRC can help professionals understanding how and why people think and behave the way they do in this ever-changing business environment.

IPR Signature Studies

These studies are composed of IPR’s best-in-class research, gold standard papers and other signature research that exemplify IPR’s mission of bringing relevant research to the public relations practice.

IPR Measurement Commission

The Institute for Public Relations Measurement Commission develops and promotes standards and best practices for research, measurement, and analytics that contribute to ethical, strategic, and effective public relations.

Organizational Communication Research Center

IPR’s Organizational Communication Research Center (OCRC) is your comprehensive source for game-changing employee communication research, best practices and measures. If you want to learn more about engaging employees, building trust and improving communication climate, this is the place.

Digital Media Research Center

IPR’s Digital Media Research Center is a comprehensive source for information about the social science of social media, best practices, measures and benchmarking. If you want to learn more about social media and how it is impacting the field of public relations, this is the place.

Research Library

This research library is a database of all the public relations research conducted by the Institute for Public Relations and its coalitions and commissions as well as research highlighted from other respected public relations publications.

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