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About Us - Program

The RUPRI portfolio is comprised of centers, collaborative ventures, panels and networks, and core programs.

The RUPRI Centers

There are four national centers that support the RUPRI mission in specific sectors.

RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE, conducts original and contract research to better inform public policy on rural health care.

RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, with staff located in Lincoln, NE, Chapel Hill, NC, and Columbia, MO, collects, initiates, and disseminates best research and practice for use by policymakers, practitioners, and communities in support of entrepreneurship as an effective rural economic development strategy.

RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center, located jointly at Oregon State University and the University of Missouri, conducts, initiates, and disseminates research and policy analysis, and provides mentorship for young scholars, on the causes and consequences of rural poverty and on effective policy responses.

RUPRI Center for Regional Competitiveness, located in Kansas City, MO, develops economic indicators for understanding regional competitiveness, provides tools and strategies for diagnosing and seizing competitive advantage, and analyzing impacts of public policy on regional competitiveness.

RUPRI Collaborative Ventures

RUPRI partners with other organizations in several collaborative ventures:

Rural Assistance Center, based in Grand Forks, ND, is a joint initiative of the Office of Rural Health Policy at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, and RUPRI, is an information portal for rural communities and other rural stakeholders to access the full range of programs, funding, and research to support the provision of quality health and human services to rural people.

RUPRI collaborates with several partners on the importance of rural community colleges to rural economic and community development, including the Rural Community College Alliance and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

The International Trade Initiative, a joint venture with the Harrison Institute at the Georgetown University Law Center, provides legal and analytic support on the rural differential impacts of domestic and international trade decisions.

RUPRI Panels and Networks

From time to time, RUPRI convenes panels of experts to inform public policymaking in specific sectors, including health, human services, and telecommunications. RUPRI also facilitates networks of scholars and practitioners.

The Community Policy Analysis Network (CPAN) is a national network of researchers who collaborate on building predictive models and tools to support better informed state and community policymaking.

The National Rural Network brings together national non-governmental organizations with a vital interest in the impacts of public policy on their rural constituents.

RUPRI Core Programs

The work of these centers, ventures, panels, and networks is supported and complemented by five cross-cutting core programs.

National Policy is based in Washington DC and provides the interface between the work across the RUPRI organization and Congress and the Administration.

State Policy centered in Austin, TX encourages and enables state policymakers to develop intentional and informed state rural policies.

International Activities encourage international exchanges of ideas, opportunities, and experiences in rural development among policymakers, academics, and practitioners.

Community Information Resource Center, located in Columbia, MO, uses data mapping and management to enable the “place-based” implications of issues impacting rural America to be more effectively visualized, analyzed, queried and mapped.

Rural Governance is concerned with how decisions are made that impact the lives and prospects of rural people and communities.

2005 RUPRI Annual Report
2006 RUPRI Annual Report
2007 RUPRI Annual Report

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