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:
- Community Planning Workshop
- Resource Assistance for Rural Environments
- Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience
- Economic Development Administration University Center
- Oregon Policy Lab
These core programs provide:
- Community service coordination
- Technical assistance
- Connections with state and federal agencies
- 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.
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.
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Institute for Policy Research and Engagement
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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