Research, Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

The Institute for Policy & Governance is currently involved with research, technical assistance and capacity building efforts concentrated around  five primary domains:


Urban & Community Development

Our faculty has worked extensively in local communities, throughout Virginia, the nation and internationally to help organizations and grass root efforts flourish. We have supported work that examines the relationship between the arts and community change and also have supported community development initiatives to promote economic revitalization. 


Health & Human Services

We study the tensions and assumptions that underpin current health and human service programs and policy design, chart alternatives to existing choices, examine  likely implications, and explore creative strategies to improve outcomes for vulnerable populations. This work is often undertaken in partnership with government entities and nonprofit organizations.

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Governance & Management

We undertake research and programmatic support in the areas of performance, organizational capacity and leadership development. We have undertaken network analysis projects to better understand organizational structures and developed tools to strengthen public-private partnerships. 


Sustainability & the Environment

Communities face increasing social, economic and environmental pressures.  IPG and our collaborating partners strive to better understand how communities can respond to those pressures and work effectively to face them. Our researchers work with communities to develop the strategies tools to overcome challenges and thrive in a global society. 

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Democracy & Civil Society

We support research and the development of understanding on topics such as humanitarian assistance and international development. Faculty members are collaborating with nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations to develop strategies aimed at improving their effectiveness, democratic proceseses, accountability and transparency.