Smarter Policies Through Quality Research

Around the globe, researchers are making discoveries and developing technologies with the potential to improve the public’s health and well-being. But all too often, there is a disconnect between that research and its application in the public sphere. The Center for Applied Public Research aims to bridge that gap by supporting governments and nonprofits in using research findings and methods to improve their policies and programs. While this may seem daunting, our collaborative approach makes it possible through peer learning and action-oriented tools and resources.


In an age where ever-tightening public budgets must meet more rapid calls for delivery with less room for error, evidence-informed decisions are critical. We can get you started applying evidence to your decisions with plain-spoken tools like our Roadmap for Policy Change which includes easy-to-use templates, and real-world examples to guide public sector employees through complex decisions.


We believe we work smarter when we work together. Through our Communities of Practice, the Center actively connects the staff of governments, nonprofits, and academic institutions who are all working on the same policy area. We also team up with these professionals to co-develop resources, identify and address policy and delivery challenges, and test new approaches.


Both research and policy creation can seem wildly complex and dreadfully stodgy. We aim to take the mystery out of both by giving you actionable advice in clear language and putting people at the center. By bringing together people with different backgrounds and experiences to focus on a common problem, we get results.


Our policy-based research agenda is grounded in public sector’s real-world needs and experience. We currently offer guidance and thought leadership on the following topics:

If you are interested in another policy area, please let us know. Our work is evolving and expanding to meet your needs.

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Phone: (410) 516-4152