About the Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies

Located at the University of Illinois Springfield, the Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies contributes to the creation, transfer and application of knowledge to improve public sector performance. The Institute has a permanent core of staff as well as faculty from various academic departments within the University who have a joint appointment with us. Other faculty members work with the Institute on specific projects. An interdisciplinary approach is used for most of our work given the diversity of faculty and staff backgrounds. The Institute works in partnership with state, local and federal government, foundations, and other UIS units. University students have opportunities to supplement their education through graduate assistantships, internships, and undergraduate employment with the Institute.

The Institute‚Äôs projects encompass all branches of government. Administrative and policy issues within the executive branch of government are a key focus and receive in-depth attention from our faculty and staff through research, evaluation and training projects. Because of their vital role in defining the policies of the state, legislative processes at the state level are also an important focus for our research and training efforts. Helping the court system access knowledge about best practices is a longstanding and continuing priority, as are improving the operations of the court system. The Institute’s projects include those independently undertaken and those funded on a grant or contract basis through public and private sector support. Many projects are supported by state, local and federal government, and others are funded by foundations and nonprofit organizations.

The Institute does not specialize in particular policy areas, but rather, is intended to be a versatile resource able to respond to public problems when they arise or can be anticipated. Over the past several years, our work has addressed substantive issues in areas such as social services, criminal justice, health care, traffic safety, campaign finance reform, education, legislative processes, the environment, and government operations. Our activities include the writing of publications; social science research and policy analysis, program evaluation, monitoring, and design, and the development of training curricula, workshops, and conferences. Training is tailored to professional skills enhancement for a variety of public agencies and community and other nonprofit services providers.

If you would like to know more about the Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies or are interested in working with the Institute, contact Dr. A.J. Simmons at (217) 206-8109 or at asimm2@uis.edu.