Our Mission

The Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR), making use of the full range of University resources, is dedicated to enriching the quality of public policy, public service, applied research, University outreach, and community engagement throughout Connecticut, nationally and internationally.  

Fulfilling the Mission

Working closely with its affiliated units, CPPSR carries out its mission with vigilant adherence to the principles of academic freedom, non-partisanship, sound ethics and respect for diverse community values. In implementing these principles, CPPSR provides its staff with opportunities for professional development and personal growth to better serve the public good.  

Designated as a Connecticut Higher Education Center of Excellence and housing the Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics, CPPSR utilizes expert faculty, dedicated staff, motivated student research assistants and state-of-the-art technology to provide a wide range of professional training, research, program evaluation, analysis and consulting services to municipal and state governments, public policymakers, not-for-profit organizations and the greater community. 

CPPSR develops and facilitates faculty and student projects that advance their scholarship, community engagement and applied research experiences. CPPSR believes that by providing students with opportunities for hands-on experience in the policy-making process, in which they can help to make a measurable difference in improving the quality of life for their fellow citizens, students will be encouraged to engage in public service.

Through its archival and oral history programs, CPPSR promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the significant contribution of Connecticut’s citizens to our state and nation.  

CPPSR further serves Connecticut by providing a forum for the framing and debate of a myriad of current, critical public policy issues, and by collaborating with faculty and academic departments to identify and develop non-partisan, evidence-based policy options.


Introduction to the first Connecticut Confucius Institute at CCSU

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April 22, 2014: As part of  CCSU’s Employee Appreciation Week activities, CPPSR Executive Director Steve Kliger used primary source archival material from the JFK Presidential Library  to present the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis

CPPSR welcomes former Senator Eileen Daily as Holder of the O'Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics

Below from left: CPPSR and Confucius Institute Executive Director Steven Kliger; O'Neill Endowed Chair Holder Eileen Daily; Confucius Institute Associate Director, Professor Tony Ma.




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