Division of Outreach and Research

A division of the L. Douglas Wilder School of government and Public affairs

Welcome to the Division of Research and Outreach

The Division of Reserach and Outreach at the Center for Public Policy leads the effort to create effective public policy in Virginia by connecting local and state policymakers to academic experts within VCU through the Translational Research Fellows Program. It also conducts public policy polls multiple times per year to provide policymakers and the public with an up-to-date snapshot of public opinion in Virginia, and engages in community outreach activities with Girl Scouts, homeschool groups, Rotary Clubs, and others.


Multiple times a year, our Wilder School Commonwealth Poll provides insights into key Virginia policy topics. Our Winter 2020-2021 poll surveyed 827 adult Virginians in policy areas including race and social equity, approval of the state budget, and the coronavirus pandemic.  Results can be found on our Wilder School Commonwealth Poll page.

Translational Research Fellows

Each year, the Translational Research Fellows (TRF) program connects up to 10 faculty members from across VCU with state and local policymakers interested in learning more about the Fellow's research area. The goal? To translate high-quality research into public policies for the commonwealth.

Selected faculty receive one-on-one mentoring from CPP staff as they develop an outreach plan for their specific area of research and forge ongoing connections to policymakers. Visit the TRF page to learn more.

CompassPoint Podcast

Through the CompassPoint podcast we explore a variety of public policy-related topics, including planning, data analysis, land use, leadership development, policy and program evaluation, and more.

Episode 1: The MetroView data system

Episode 2: Why evaluate? A deeper look at the types and benefits of program evaluation

Episode 3: Leading with Grace - A reflection on 20 years of The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute

Episode 4: Putting your research to work with the Translational Research Fellows program

Contact us

  • Phone: (804) 827-2603
  • Email: oppo@vcu.edu
  • Box 843089
    Kearney House, First Floor
    921 West Franklin Street
    Richmond, Virginia 23284
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