Celebrating 25 Years as St. Louis's Preeminent Applied Policy Research Resource!

Over the past 25 years, PPRC has established itself as the preeminent applied policy research resource for the civic and public communities of metropolitan St. Louis and the State of Missouri.  PPRC holds a deep commitment to both Engagement and Service, and responds to the needs and expectations of its constituencies. PPRC has developed the capacity to conduct multi-disciplinary research using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. PPRC applies its expertise in service to faculty who initiate community-based projects as well as directly to community.  We accomplish our vision by undertaking projects that call upon our specialized areas of operation.

Our Mission:
The Public Policy Research Center produces and disseminates methodologically rigorous and unbiased applied analysis and evaluation of public policies and programs and theoretical research on public policy issues.

Our Vision:
The Public Policy Research Center will advance the public research university mission of the University of Missouri-St. Louis by becoming the preeminent applied policy research resource for the civic and public communities of metropolitan St. Louis and the State of Missouri.

PPRC in the University of Missouri-St. Louis:
The mission of the University of Missouri-St. Louis commits its faculty and staff to meeting the knowledge needs of metropolitan St. Louis and partnering with regional communities and institutions.

The Public Policy Research Center contributes to this mission by conducting applied research for the civic, nonprofit, and public sectors of the St. Louis area and the State of Missouri. Specifically, PPRC's role is in Criterion Five: Engagement and Service. By conducting applied research PPRC responds to the needs and expectations of its constituencies. PPRC has developed the capacity to conduct multi-disciplinary research using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. PPRC applies its expertise in service to faculty who initiate community-based projects as well as directly to community constituencies.

Our Organization:
Structurally, PPRC is organized around two units: Applied Research, and the Public Finance Initiative. Each unit is headed by a director. Other PPRC initiatives include the Point-of-View Photography Project, and Community History Research and Design Services.

Our Core Competencies:

Research:

Applied Research
Asset Mapping
Demographic Analysis
Needs Assessment
Policy Analysis
Program Evaluation
Spatial Analysis
Survey Research


Communications:

Policy Briefs
Research Reports
St. Louis Metromorphosis Book Series
Conferences and Seminars
Point-of-View Photography Project

Subjective Competencies:

Community History
Culture
Early Childhood Education
Education Finance (PreK-12)
Housing
Regional Economy
State and Local Tax Policy
Urban Revitalization
Workforce Development

Read our Strategic Plan (PDF 235KB)

View our Organizational Chart (PDF 277KB)