About IPRE

About IPRE
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The Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE) at the University of Oregon is an interdisciplinary institute that assists communities by providing planning and technical assistance to help solve local issues and improve the quality of life. The role of IPRE is to link the skills, expertise, and innovation of higher education with the economic development and environmental needs of communities and regions in the State of Oregon, thereby providing service to Oregon and learning opportunities to the students involved.

Through IPRE programs, students gain important service and professional experience by helping to solve community and regional problems in addition to establishing relationships and strengthening partnerships between faculty and students on Oregon university campuses, community representatives, state and local agencies, and non-profit organizations.

IPRE includes five core programs:

  1. Community Planning Workshop
  2. Resource Assistance for Rural Environments
  3. Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience
  4. Economic Development Administration University Center
  5. Oregon Policy Lab

These core programs provide:

  • Community service coordination
  • Technical assistance
  • Problem-solving
  • Connections with state and federal agencies
  • Training
  • Applied research

With an average of nine years of planning/public policy experience serving Oregon communities and regions, our professional staff practitioners and faculty provide key insights and direct experience that complements the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management's academic programs.

Our History

IPRE's programs have expanded their reach, breadth, and depth over 40 years.

In 1973, then-UO faculty member David Povey envisioned a program that linked higher education with local communities to solve pressing community problems. The first project evaluated the impacts if Senate Bill 100 — Oregon’s innovative land use law — was not passed. The result of that evaluation was a report, “Activities of Statewide Significance,” developed by six students and Povey. Since then, we have grown to engage more than 120 students each year in more than 170 projects statewide. In 2011, our projects engaged 4,924 community members, provided 1,018 training hours to community members, presented 241 times at community meetings, engaged 125 students, and completed 174 projects for 53 Oregon cities and 34 counties.

RARE Program Assistant
Phone: 541-346-5770
Victoria Binning
RARE Program Coordinator
Phone: 541-632-3147
Director of Applied Research and OPDR Director
Phone: 541-346-7326
IPRE Co-Director; Associate Professor
Phone: 541-346-7320
Aniko Drlik-Muehleck
Project Coordinator
Phone: 510-219-8068
Julie Foster
IPRE Grants Administrator
Phone: 541-346-2878
Michael Howard
Assistant Program Director
Phone: 541-346-8413
IPRE Co-Director; Associate Professor
Phone: 541-346-4432
Bob Parker
Director of Strategic and Technical Solutions
Phone: 541-346-3801
Bethany Steiner
CPW Associate Program Director, PPPM Teaching Faculty
Phone: 541-520-8541
Titus Tomlinson
RARE Program Director
Phone: 541-346-2879
dyana mason
Associate Professor
School of Planning, Public Policy and Management
Phone: 541-346-2324
Tim Duy
Economics Professor of Practice
Senior Director, Oregon Economic Forum
Co-Director of Undergraduate Students
Department of Economics
Phone: 541-346-4660
Below you will find pieces either written by or featuring members and partners of the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement. These stories provide examples of how our members positively affect the communities they serve.

Stories from the Field

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Institute for Policy Research and Engagement
Email: csco@uoregon.edu
Phone: 541-346-2878
Mailing Address 1209 University of Oregon Eugene, Oregon 97403-1209
On-Campus Address 1B Hendricks Hall 1408 University Street  [map] Eugene, Oregon 97403  

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