Presentation on theme: "Engagement at the Public Policy Institute Chris Cooper Director, Public Policy Institute Director, Master of Public Affairs Associate Professor Political."— Presentation transcript:
Engagement at the Public Policy Institute Chris Cooper Director, Public Policy Institute Director, Master of Public Affairs Associate Professor Political Science & Public Affairs
Agenda About the PPI How the PPI integrates with the University Mission Some examples of PPI research
Role of a Center in a University
Academic component Interdisciplinary Must support the service area of the University Must create unique learning experiences for students
Resources ~$12,000/year 3-4 GA’s/year ½ time release for Director Work study students No full-time staff
Public Policy Institute History, Vision & Resources
Previous organization College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Political Science/ MPA Program Public Policy Institute
Organization and Structure Undergraduate Political Science MPA Program Local Government Training Program Public Policy Institute
A Shift in Mission QEP UNC-Tomorrow Bringing the tools of social science to influence policy debates and improve governance in WNC (and NC) More Cross-Disciplinary work More integration with MPA and LGTP More bridges to other Universities
What we do The Nexus of: –Applied Research –Basic Research –Civic Education –Outreach
About the PPI
Public Policy Institute Projects Voter Initiative American Youth Congress Constitution Day Best Practices of Local Government in WNC Nonprofit Data Assistance
Many Different Data Collection Techniques
CBS News/Chronicle of Higher Education
Where is Dixie?
One example “[Duvall] asked the communities for their input and all communities opposed it. He likened zoning to communism and totalitarianism.”
Who supports zoning in WNC? People who trust local government Liberals Newcomers More educated Older people People for whom zoning is more salient
Trust in Government & Opinions on Zoning
One Example Conservatives are less likely to support zoning, but ideology has no influence on land use planning opinions. Table 1: Distribution of Opinions on Land Use Policies ZoningLand Use Planning Strongly Against18%11% Somewhat Against21%22% Somewhat in Favor35%33% Strongly in Favor26%33% N470429
Product and Impact Two Policy reports distributed to all legislators in NC and government officials throughout the region. Article in the premier journal of public administration—used in classes across the country. Numerous quotations in newspapers. Contribution to the Mountain Landscapes Initiative Article in Popular Government—a journal for practitioners in North Carolina. Numerous student projects in classes, and presented at conferences.
Taking Advantage of What People are Talking About: The 2008 Election More than one op-ed a month. Frequent quotes Frequent presentations to groups around the state
The Polls Cell phones The “Bradley Effect” Likely voter screens
Voting Patterns in North Carolina
Percent Black Education Income Region
Voting Patterns in North Carolina
Public Policy Institute Future Projects Data Depository for WNC Faculty Fellows Program Small Conferences—always interdisciplinary, always on targeted issues, always w/ applied & academic outputs. Always w/student participation. Survey and contract work around the region.
What makes for a Good Center? A distinct mission. An administration that allows the Director to play to his/her strengths. A director with good connections across campus and in the community. Student involvement. An academic program with direct linkages.