Our affiliated research centers and projects bring faculty and students together to address complex issues, improve the delivery of public services, & improve public policy

Affiliated Centers & Initiatives

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Center for State Policy & Leadership

The Center for State Policy & Leadership's mission is carried out through research that informs public decisions and understanding; internships, training programs, and applied problem solving that strengthen public leadership; and journalism that educates and engages citizens in public affairs. 

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Institute for Illinois Public Finance

The Institute for Illinois Public Finance promotes systematic research on public finance issues and provides technical assistance for state and local governments. The Institute produces non-partisan, unbiased, and high-quality academic and applied research on issues that impact Illinois public finance to improve the fiscal situation of the state’s governments.

Child Protection Training Academy

The Child Protection Training Academy on the UIS campus is the country's first statewide simulation training project that provides a child protection training laboratory for frontline professionals and students. University faculty have been working with the Department of Children and Family Services, Illinois Court-Appointed Special Advocates, law enforcement, domestic violence advocates, and other frontline professionals to develop new and innovative training curricula that utilize a realistic environment. 

Institute for Legal, Legislative, & Policy Studies

Through public policy research and development, program evaluation and design, and the education and training of government and nonprofit employees and citizens, the Institute for Legal, Legislative, & Policy Studies seeks to bring new information to bear on public problems. Institute projects are independently undertaken and funded on a grant or contract basis through public and private sector support.

Through its faculty, staff, and outside consultants, the Institute offers skills in social science research, policy analysis, evaluation, curriculum design and implementation, conference planning and execution, advocacy development, and authoring publications.

Illinois Municipal Policy Journal

The Illinois Municipal Policy Journal is a collaboration of the Illinois Municipal League and the College of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The journal aims to provide municipal and state leaders with research-based analysis, best practices, and recommendations related to key issues in public administration, public policy, and public finance to help guide policy decisions.