Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Center for Public Policy and Social Research

The Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR) was founded in 2003 through the merger of the Center for Social Research, established in 1992, and the Center for Public Policy and Practical Politics, established in 2000. Designated as a Connecticut Higher Education Center of Excellence, CPPSR is dedicated to enriching the quality of Connecticut's public policy, public service, University outreach, community engagement, and applied research in Connecticut. CPPSR provides a wide range of informational resources, training, research, and consulting services to communities, municipal and state government, and nonprofit organizations. CPPSR develops, facilitates, and supports faculty and student projects, which provide unique opportunities to advance scholarship, applied research, and real-life experiences. The center also serves the state of Connecticut by providing a non-partisan forum for the framing and debate of a myriad of critical public policy issues.

The center houses the Governor William A. O'Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics. The chair's programs include active archival and oral history projects, focusing on Connecticut's modern public policy history (including the Governor O'Neill era and Connecticut's landmark Lemon Law initiative) and a partnership with the Department of History, Elihu Burritt Library, Media Services, and the United States Library of Congress in the Veterans History Project. In 2009, the chair established a public service scholarship for EOP students to honor the late Governor O'Neill's legacy.

The holder of the O'Neill chair serves to link students and faculty to the resources of the chair and center. The holder is a public figure recognized for his or her outstanding contribution to the understanding and shaping of public affairs in Connecticut.

The center's applied social research function is maintained as an affordable resource for government, communities, and non-profit organizations that need assistance with survey research, program evaluation, project development, and training of government officials. Among the resources utilized are expert faculty and motivated students from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Professional Studies, and Engineering and Technology.

The Center for Public Policy and Social Research (and the Governor William A. O'Neill Endowed Chair) is located in the Robert C. Vance Academic Center, with an applied social research office in DiLoreto Hall.

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