The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance maintains an active program of empirical and theoretical research and learning linked to the Institute’s policy and governance-related domains of interest to achieve more fully democratic societies at all geographic scales. We engage in research, capacity building, technical outreach and community-based participatory inquiry with and on behalf of those we serve, principally disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

The Institute’s current research and project emphasis are concentrated around these policy areas:


Community Voices engages leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors in sharing stories and insights about their creative leadership initiatives and innovative approaches to problem-solving, the hard lessons learned and the rich experiences gained.

Speakers give concise (no more than 18 minutes) engaging talks, followed by conversation and dialogue with audience members.  The presentations are video recorded and made widely available through a public access web-site.  The program is one hour.