The International Institute for Restorative Practices strategic plan for 2025 initiates a research pillar to “create research initiatives that generate new knowledge and spur innovation.” One way to advance the work in this pillar is to create a research agenda – a document that lists priority areas to guide research institutions in conduct and support of research and scholarship. The IIRP Research Agenda: Research Priorities to Generate New Knowledge and Spur Innovation will formalize the IIRP’s broad organizational effort to align and uphold our mission and vision and bring the research pillar to life. It is both a bold statement of our intent and a framework to proactively advance the field of restorative practices through research.
The IIRP Research Agenda takes us beyond a statement of belief in our work and turns it into action. We must be able to understand how we can direct our resources to advance restorative practices as a field of inquiry that can help us explore fundamental aspects of relationships and the experience of community and apply those insights to some of the world’s most pressing needs and challenges. It will serve as a guide for discourse at conferences and academic symposia, drive future grant programs and proposals, challenge ideas and narratives, and provide insights on developing new courses. The agenda, and the research it initiates, will inspire collaboration between students, alumni, faculty, staff, and our extensive network of partners across the globe.