About the Center
The Center for State Policy and Leadership is the policy center of the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). The Center:
- Researches, evaluates, and helps form effective public policy,
- Educates citizens on public affairs issues, and
- Provides leadership and professional development programs.
The Center provides a national stage for scholars, students, policymakers, and citizens to exchange ideas, engage in research, and expand our understanding of public policy issues.
The Center is composed of eight units:
The Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies: The Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies, a unit of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield, develops and applies practical knowledge to improve public sector performance. Through public policy research and development, program evaluation and design, and the education and training of government and nonprofit employees and citizens, the Institute seeks to bring new information to bear on public problems. Institute projects include those independently undertaken and those funded on a grant or contract basis through public and private sector support. Through its faculty, staff, and outside consultants, the Institute offers skills in social science research, policy analysis, evaluation, curriculum design and implementation, conference planning and execution, advocacy development, and authoring publications
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Working with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to provide anyone with Internet access the ability to view, search, and analyze all the papers of America's greatest president.
The Survey Research Office: Offering a full range of survey research services and selected data management services to government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Office of Graduate Intern Programs: Responsible for the development and delivery of the The Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) Program, ranked as one of Illinois' premier governmental internship programs, placing graduate students with state and local agencies.
Center Publications/Illinois Issues magazine: Center Publications produces scholarly and journalistic resources on state public policy and state government for use by opinion leaders, citizens, state and local government officials, educators, and scholars. The focus of these print and electronic publications, including the independent monthly magazine Illinois Issues (state's leading public affairs magazine) , is to encourage informed and ethical decision-making by those entrusted with the public good; civic engagement; and activities that improve the quality of life for all.
The Office of Electronic Media: Using video, audio, and emerging communication technologies to support the Center's teaching and public affairs mission.
WUIS/WIPA Public Radio : WUIS and WIPA has been the central- and west-central Illinois link to award-winning local and state governmental news, NPR News, Classical music and Jazz broadcasting at 91.9 and 89.3 FM and online at www.wuis.org.
Office of the Executive Director: This office is responsible for the overall direction of the Center for State Policy and Leadership to include strategic planning and policy development, the development of new interdisciplinary project initiatives, budget development, fund raising, marketing, and the evaluation of staff. Some initiaves include:
- Leadership, Policy Education, and Training: Preparing public policymakers for the future and informing citizens about how government works.