iLabs helps organizations – businesses, nonprofits, or government agencies – tackle their toughest challenges and answer their most difficult questions.

Our highly skilled faculty researchers and dedicated student research assistants conduct customized research, develop strategic goals, and identify opportunities that culminate in the creation of value for iLabs partners.


The eCities study focuses on entrepreneurship because of its importance to the expansion and diversification of Michigan’s regional economies and the impact small businesses have on job creation. To date, nearly 300 communities across Michigan have participated in the study. Contact us to participate in the 2020 project.

Post Graduate Expectations Survey

The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research, iLabs, conducts an annual online survey of seniors across UM-Dearborn's campus to maintain an understanding of students' professional and personal expectations following graduation and how those decisions impact Michigan. iLabs has shared key findings from this survey with State leaders. These findings have informed policy considerations regarding the factors that attract students to Michigan or lead them to seek other opportunities outside of the State.

This study continues to further examine the policy considerations that are attracting students to Michigan or leading them to seek other opportunities outside of the State. For more information on the project, contact Timothy Davis at 313-593-4060.

Additional Campus Activities

iLabs conducts research studies that focus on the betterment of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This research brings together teams of faculty and students to work on customized research solutions targeted at the specific needs of the campus. Recent projects include creating an undergraduate and graduate exit survey, focus groups with College of Business students, and surveying seniors across campus.

Students present findings from the research studies to University administrators to continually look at how to better serve our stakeholders. As a result, changes have been made to course offerings, internship programs, and opportunities for involvement of students and community stakeholders.

Case Studies

Case Studies

Examining the impact of Chaldean business ownership in southeast Michigan.
To better understand the impact of UM-Dearborn’s alumni and their role in supporting Michigan and the Metropolitan Vision, iLabs conducted research to see how alumni have benefited from the additional education they received at UM-Dearborn.
iLabs faculty and students have worked on multiple phases of a project ​in partnership with the Ford Community Corps with a goal to engage UM-Dearborn students and local nonprofit organizations to ​provide data-driven solutions to challenge faced by ​nonprofits in Metro-Detroit.
In the fall of 2014, iLabs worked with the Wayne County Airport Authority to conduct an economic impact study of Willow Run Airport. 
iLabs, the Center for Innovation Research at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has created a survey for business leaders with established products/services from any industry in the State of Michigan.
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC) were interested in understanding more about each respective community and how, together, they can foster increased collaboration and connectivity in the future.
Mobility and Employment of Michigan’s Millennial Workforce
In Summer 2013 iLabs, the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Innovation Research, worked with Detroit Metropolitan Airport to understand the direct and indirect impact of metro-Detroit's largest airport across the state and within the Detroit Metropolitan Air Trade Area.
Through the Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Initiative, iLabs conducted a major empirical survey of 25-34 year olds who had some college experience but did not graduate. 

iLabs Center for Innovation Research

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