The Applied Research unit is a multi-disciplinary public policy research unit. The Research unit's mission is to promote and provide exceptional research on significant public policy issues and to disseminate the findings widely -- to students, scholars, policymakers, and community members. The Research Division accomplishes this utilizing a variety of methodologies which are aimed at gathering demographic, population, economic and behavioral data.

The Research unit provides scientific research and evaluation services to both public and private sponsors including various federal, regional, state, and community agencies actively engaged in determining public policy. The Research Division has the analytical capacity to address a wide range of policy research issues.

PPRC's Research unit offers the following services: