Areas of Work
As a policy institute with a national, state, local and international focus, RUPRI covers an extensive area of work. Our staff and network of colleagues conduct policy analysis and research in topics such as Health Policy, Human Service and Poverty policy and International policy. We also provide policy examination to Members of Congress, Federal Administration officials and state and local policymakers, through academic research, analytics and policy analysis.
Analytic & Academic Programs
RUPRI’s Analytic Programs focus on wealth creation in rural America, moving beyond traditional measures of success in rural economies to a triple bottom line approach to economic, community, and environmental indicators that represent more lasting well-being.
The RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis conducts original research in the topical areas of access to health care services, Medicare policies, development of rural delivery systems (including effects of national policy), and public health. The mission of the Center is to provide timely analysis to federal and state health policy makers, based on the best available research.
RUPRI continues to develop a set of institutional linkages worldwide that span the competencies of research, policy analysis and engagement, dissemination and outreach, and decision support tools.
National Policy Programs
RUPRI has had a national policy focus since its founding in the early 1990s by senior members of the United States Senate. RUPRI has a national policy office in Washington, DC, to easily respond to requests for policy analysis and research by Members of Congress and the Administration. RUPRI’s national policy work includes presenting testimony to Congressional committees and writing and presentations on national rural policy concerns and considerations.
Poverty & Human Services Policy
Much progress has been made since the President’s National Advisory Commission on Rural Poverty issued The People Left Behind in 1967. However, over 7 million people still live in poverty in rural areas, and poverty is deep and persistent in several regions of our nation. While poverty is not just a rural phenomenon, remote and persistently poor rural counties bear a disproportionate share of our nation’s poverty burden.
National Research Lab
The RURAL CULTURAL WEALTH LAB was created through a founding partnership between NEA and RUPRI, appreciates the ongoing support of USDA, the University of Iowa, and our many other collaborators.
The Rural Cultural Wealth Lab unites the knowledge and experiences of a diverse array of scholars and practitioners to address some of the most critical issues and opportunities facing rural people and places. It fulfills this need by building innovative metrics that will strengthen policymakers’ understanding of the various relationships and assets that define and reveal rural community wealth.
The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) has been conducting a process over the last year facilitating discussions on the need for and the framing of a program of work for the State Rural Policy Initiative. The initiative is an exciting new program that will provide rural policy leaders with powerful, proven tools to enhance rural research, practice and public policy at the state level. The ultimate goal is to create more vibrant rural communities and increased prosperity in our rural regions, our 50 states, and our nation.