About Us - Purpose
The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. RUPRIís aim is to spur public dialogue and help policymakers understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs.
RUPRI was founded in 1990 to address a concern of members of the Senate Agricultural Committee -- including Senator Kit Bond (Missouri), Senator Dale Bumpers (Arkansas), Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa), and Senator Bob Kerrey (Nebraska) -- that no objective non-governmental source of external data, information, and analysis, regarding the rural and community impacts of public policy decisions was available.
Today, RUPRI is housed within the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a joint program of Iowa State University, the University of Missouri, and the University of Nebraska. RUPRIís reach is national and international and is one of the worldís preeminent sources of expertise and perspective on policies impacting rural places and people.
RUPRIís activities encompass research, policy analysis and engagement, dissemination and outreach, and decision support tools
The work of RUPRI is conducted through a small core team based in Missouri, Washington DC, and Texas, and through four centers and a number of joint initiatives and panels located across the United States.
- Rural people and places have the resources and capacities to create strong, viable, meaningful, and sustainable futures that can both withstand and turn to advantage the forces of globalization and economic, demographic, and social change.
- Rural and urban people find common cause and understanding about the future role and governance of rural places and the contribution that rural life and culture makes to national identity.
RUPRIís mission in support of this vision is to:
- Provide unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America.
- Spur public dialogue and help policymakers understand the impacts of public policies and programs on rural people and places.
RUPRI in pursuing this mission commits to:
- Provide timely, empirically-based, and non-partisan advice and assistance to policymakers on the rural impacts of public policies and programs and on options for improving the prospects for rural people and places.
- Foster understanding of and the search for effective solutions to the challenges of rural America by providing safe venues for people with a stake in the future of rural America to discuss openly concerns, issues, and opportunities.
- Encourage collaboration and common purpose among scholars to pursue research that supports effective policy and practice, and among institutions and agencies that have the expertise, resources, and responsibilities to impact rural people and places.
- Promote innovative, collaborative, and systems-based approaches to rural issues that engage decision-makers and rural people at local, regional, state, national, and international levels.
RUPRI Organizational Partners
University of Missouri-Columbia
Truman School of Public Affairs, UMC
Iowa State University
University of Nebraska-Lincoln