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As a land-grant research institution, the University of Missouri is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, to freedom of inquiry and to the preservation of a high quality of life for the people of Missouri. Researchers and scholars at Mizzou adhere to policies designed to protect the integrity of research conducted here and ensure the well-being of those who participate in and benefit from our research.

Policy institutes and centers

Mizzou develops, hosts, supports and fosters relationships with research institutes that analyze and help shape public policy in Missouri and beyond.

Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)

  • Provides unbiased analysis and information about the needs of rural America.
  • Helps policymakers understand the impact of public policies and programs on rural communities.
  • Partners: MU's Truman School of Public Affairs, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI)

  • Encourages effective agricultural policy through comprehensive analytical systems.
  • Focuses on the impact of food and agricultural industries on the economy and environment.
  • Partners: Iowa State University, Texas A&M University, University of Arkansas, Arizona State University, Texas Tech University.

Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES)

  • Addresses human, natural and environmental resource issues through remote sensing, Internet mapping, geographic information systems and other geospatial technologies.
  • Provides policy makers with interactive visualization and spatial analysis tools to examine the rural-urban differential.
  • MU partners: Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Program, Community Policy Analysis Center (CPAC), Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), Geographic Resources Center (GRC), Missouri Commercial Agriculture Program, Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Missouri Water Resources Research Center, MU Environmental Studies Program, Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), MU Extension.

Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis

  • Conducts collaborative research and demonstration initiatives, contributing to to improvements in public education, state and local government services, the health status of people, the social strength of communities and the capacity for economic development.
  • Publishes analyses and reports, develops Web applications and makes public presentations.
  • MU partners: University of Missouri Extension, Division of Applied Social Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Center for Family Policy and Research

  • Conducts research and disseminates evidence-based findings to inform policymakers and to enhance program development.
  • Facilitates collaboration and provides leadership for systems-building efforts at the local, state and national levels.
  • Works in communities to provide education and support services to programs that serve children, youths and families.