The Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy aims to advance research and training that informs public policy and decision-making to improve our communities.
Drawing on the wide-ranging expertise of Wilder School faculty, we provide diverse public-facing services including leadership development and training, economic and policy impact analysis, survey insights and program evaluation to clients in state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses and the general public, across Virginia and beyond.
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REAP logoThe Research Institute for Social Equity (RISE) [View Image]
within the Wilder School serves as a vehicle to advance racial equity and social justice through multidisciplinary scholarship, research, training, and engagement. The goal of RISE is to be the national leader in advancing social justice to inform public policy, governance and practice to improve conditions for marginalized voices within our society, including communities of color, LGBTQIA individuals, people with disabilities, incarcerated populations, survivors of domestic violence, and women.
A group walks toward the cameraThe Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute [View Image]
promotes the development of current and emerging leaders in academic institutions, other public, private, and nonprofit organizations, and communities. Consistent with the mission of VCU, the Institute is committed to identifying and nurturing the next generation of leaders through leadership training and public policy research.
A professor oversees a group discussion outsideThe Land Use Education Program (LUEP) [View Image]
offers a range on online, blended, and face-to-face training opportunities for local government officials, professional planners, and interested citizens. Programs include our nationally-recognized Certified Planning Commissioner and Certified Board of Zoning Appeals Programs, legal seminars, seminars and workshops on special topics, and customized trainings.
A professor speaks to a rotary clubThe Division of Research and Outreach [View Image]
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.
A group sits on an outside wallThe Performance Management Group (PMG) [View Image]
provides fresh insight, proven tools and techniques, and the skilled staff needed to meet individual and organizational objectives. PMG provides a wide array of customized consulting services to assist organizations in the development of strategies and practical action plans for enhanced performance. PMG also offers an integrated series of professional development institutes that develop critical skills at the supervisory, management, and senior leadership levels.
The Richmond skyline at nightThe Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory (SERL) [View Image]
has been creating collaborative research and evaluation partnerships with public and private entities at the local and state levels since 1982. SERL’s overall mission is to examine public issues and social problems through applied research and evaluation techniques to broaden and improve public discourse and decision-making.
Dr. Hayley Cleary, Sen. Rosalyn Dance, Del. Steve Landes converse [View Image]The Wilder School and the Center for Public Policy have a long history of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community and across Virginia. Through offerings in research, training, and leadership, we leverage the expertise of Center for Public Policy faculty and researchers as we work with state and local governments, as well as with businesses and nonprofits, to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive commonwealth. Click here to learn more about this work.
"The Center for Public Policy is a valuable partner for policymakers in Virginia. They have the broad research capacity, extensive expertise on issues and proven leadership development programs to help us confront even the most complex challenges facing our society. Working with the Center over the past several years has proven beneficial to my office and our work. I strongly encourage other policymakers to take advantage of this tremendous resource."
Brian J. Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security