The Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE) provides five service learning programs through which student participants gain important service and professional experience by helping solve community and regional issues.
CPW – Community Planning Workshop >>>
CPW is an experiential program within the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. Students work in teams under the direction of faculty and graduate employees to develop proposals, conduct research, analyze and evaluate alternatives, and make recommendations for possible solutions to planning problems in Oregon communities. The CPW model is unique in many respects, but is transferable to any institution that desires to link pedagogy with community service.
The mission of the EDAUC is to link university resources with communities for the purpose of enhancing regional sustainable economic development. EDAUC provides technical assistance to distressed communities throughout the state with the focus of creating sustainable local economies through capacity building, applied research, and partnerships.
OPDR is a coalition of public, private, and professional organizations working collectively toward the mission of creating a disaster resilient and sustainable state. Developed and coordinated by IPRE, OPDR employs a service learning model to increase community capacity and enhance disaster safety and resilience statewide.
The RARE AmeriCorps program works to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions. RARE participants assist communities and agencies in the development and implementation of plans for achieving a sustainable natural resource base and improving rural economic conditions while gaining community building and leadership skills.
The Oregon Policy Lab is a partnership between Lane County and the University of Oregon that began in early 2018. This unique partnership represents a significant undertaking in local government policy research mechanisms. The Policy Lab leverages the immense talent of the students and faculty of the University of Oregon to provide Lane County decision-makers with the tools to assess and address complex policy challenges.