The study of public policy is very much an interdisciplinary endeavor. To maximize the effectiveness of interdisciplinary work, the Ford School is home to or co-sponsor of a number of multi-disciplinary research centers that focus on policy concerns.
The Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies is a new initiative at the Ford School of Public Policy. The Center is charged with promoting cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary research, educational opportunities, and dialogue to improve the design and implementation of public policies in societies that are increasingly complex and diverse locally, nationally, and globally.
The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy Research (CLOSUP), founded in 1999, is housed at the Ford School. It serves as a University resource for faculty and students interested in state and local policy. Through research, teaching, and conferences involving academic researchers and policy practitioners, CLOSUP fosters society's understanding of the issues facing states, cities, and metropolitan areas and seeks effective solutions to them.
The Education Policy Initiative is a program within the Ford School that brings together nationally-recognized education policy scholars focused on the generation and dissemination of policy-relevant education research. The primary goals of the initiative include conducting rigorous research to inform education policy debates in Michigan and nationwide; disseminating best practices in education reform to local, state, and national policymakers, as well as to educational practitioners, parents, and students; training graduate students and others to conduct cutting-edge research in education; and facilitating interactions between students and faculty from different schools and/or departments who share an interest in education reform.
The International Policy Center is devoted to interdisciplinary research and service in the areas of International Trade and Finance; International Political Economy; and Comparative Economic Development. The IPC will serve as an intellectual focal point for international research and education by bringing together academics at the University of Michigan to produce innovative research on key issues related to government, non- governmental organizations (NGOs) and business policies in the increasingly global world.
The Michigan Program on Poverty and Social Welfare Policy is an interdisciplinary applied research program. A joint effort of the Ford School, the Law School, and the School of Social Work, the center works to translate research findings to public policy decision makers.
The National Poverty Center is a multidisciplinary research program housed at the Ford School. Researchers at the Center focus their efforts on understanding the causes of poverty and the impact of policies to alleviate poverty. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Center includes researchers from the Ford School, the Institute for Social Research, the Schools of Business, Education, Medicine, Public Health, and Social Work and the Departments of Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
The Center for Social Impact provides a forum for UM students, faculty, and researchers who seek to understand the distinctive contributions of nonprofit and public organizations. The Center is a collaborative effort between the Ford School, the School of Business, and the School of Social Work.
The Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program, which is housed in the Ford School, is devoted to interdisciplinary research and teaching on the politics and processes of science and technology policymaking. Starting in the 2006-2007 academic year, it will offer a graduate certificate program which is available to any Master's or PhD student throughout University of Michigan. The program will also run a seminar series which will include talks from leading scholars and policymakers involved in science and technology policy issues.
Additional Research Centers
Other UM research centers with which the Ford School has regular interaction include the Institute for Social Research, the nation's longest-standing laboratory for interdisciplinary research in the social sciences and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, which has one of the world's largest archives in the social sciences.
Ford School faculty members conduct research in conjunction with numerous other research centers on campus, including: The Center for the Study of Complex Systems, the Office of Tax Policy Research, the International Institute, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured, and the William Davidson Institute, and the Population Studies Center.
Institute for Social Research
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Center for the Study of Complex Systems
Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute
Office of Tax Policy Research
Institute for Research on Women and Gender
Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured
William Davidson Institute
Population Studies Center