As part of its mission, the Catt Center fosters research on issues related to women and politics. Research initiatives include:
- The Women in Iowa Politics Database, a resource for government officials, researchers, teachers and others with an interest in Iowa politics in general and the roles of women in Iowa politics in particular.
- The Gender Balance Project, which examines the membership of appointed county and municipal boards and commissions in Iowa.
- The Archives of Women's Political Communication, which houses speeches and political ads from U.S. and international women political leaders and historically significant women leaders and activists.
The Catt Center also sponsors the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics, an annual competition designed to encourage and reward scholars embarking on significant research in the area of women and politics, and provides links to additional research on women and politics conducted by center faculty and students, as well other individuals and organizations.