Government & Law
Number of Programs: 3
509 E. Circle Drive, Room 321, East Lansing, MI, 48824.
MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) applies research to important public policy issues, and strengthens relationships between the academic and policymaker communities. IPPSR is involved in:
- Promoting and conducting interdisciplinary research on public policy issues;
- Providing survey research and evaluation services through the Office for Survey Research;
- Producing public policy and political leadership education and training programs such as the Legislative Leadership Program, Michigan Political Leadership Program, and Tomorrow's Political Leaders; and
- Engaging in problem solving discussions around pressing societal needs.
Examples of projects include the State of the State Survey, the National College Health Assessment survey, and the Thumb Rural Health Network Survey. IPPSR offers an annual Policy Forum Series, which serves as an interactive meeting about issues facing Michigan communities. The Institute's Web site also contains searchable publications, information on special projects, and links to related public policy Web sites.
South Kedzie Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.
The LeFrak Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy and the LeFrak Forum are centers for research and debate on the theory and practice of modern democracy. They sponsor lectures, conferences, publications, and teaching, as well as graduate, post-doctoral, and senior fellowships. Their specific mission is to explore the intersection of philosophy and public policy: to place theoretical issues in practical context and policy issues in philosophical perspective. The Symposium and the Forum are dedicated to fostering genuine intellectual debate, especially by introducing voices not regularly heard on university campuses — thinkers from the classical liberal, libertarian, and conservative traditions and other dissenters from reigning academic orthodoxies.
The Michigan Policy Network is a student-led public education and research program to report and organize news and information about the political process surrounding Michigan state policy issues. It is run out of the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, with participation by students from the College of Social Science, the College of Communication, and James Madison College.