Focus - Policy
Policy Analysis and Engagement
Central to RUPRIís mission is engaging with policymakers at the state and national levels on the issues that affect the lives and prospects of rural people and places and providing them with rigorous analysis of policy options. RUPRIís National Policy program works in a non-partisan way alongside Congress and the Administration, providing briefings, materials, talking points, and contacts, as well as tracks legislation and regulation relevant to rural constituencies. When appropriate, RUPRIís expert panels on health, human services, and telecommunciations are convened to examine legislative and regulatory changes. RUPRIís Washington DC staff also facilitates dialogue on rural issues in the capital including the National Rural Network and regularly collaborates with key non-governmental organizations such as National Association of Counties, National Association of Development Organizations, National Association of Regional Councils, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association, and National League of Cities.
RUPRIís State Policy program sets out to educate and inspire state legislators to develop intentional and informed state rural policies through academies, conferences, and workshops. The program also works with the growing network of state rural policy centers. A goal of the RUPRI Center for Regional Competitiveness is to analyze the impacts of public policy on regional competitiveness.