Since 2006, we have investigated salient policy and governance concerns linked to developing and maintaining democratic institutions in a fashion that honors Virginia Tech's Land Grant mission, history and motto of ut prosim. 


Our work

IPG, SPIA, and affiliated faculty have completed projects and research in multiple policy domains and at international, national, state, and local levels. We have launched interdisciplinary initiatives involving faculty and graduate students interested in investigating community change processes, whether to create conditions aimed at improving and advancing existing programs, identifying and supporting innovative policy and programs, or to secure improved possibilities for the realization of social justice. 

Our work focuses around four areas: 

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

— Mother Teresa

What We've Achieved

  • Developed and managed programs to advance employment opportunities  for low income families in the New River and Roanoke regions
  • Collaborated on research projects across the University,  partnering with SPIA, Engineering, Business, Sociology, Human Development, Public Health and Cooperative Extension
  • Sponsored more than 30 regional and national speakers through Community Voices since 2010
  • Supported the Fairfax County Department of Family Services in maintaining an effective and efficient family services system
  • Edited and published two editions of "RE: Reflections and Explorations," a collection of essays by VT graduate students and research faculty
  • Conducted strategic state level assessments in the domains of behavioral health, disability, foster care, veterans services and broadband access.
  •  Served as leader in establishing early child educational supports in Virginia, and especially in Southwest Virginia
  • Developed and advanced human service infrastructure  in Virginia localities
  • Facilitate community engagement to address emerging and challenging issues of social equity, economy and health