Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance

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Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance
Motto Ut Prosim (Latin)
Motto in English
That I May Serve
Director Max Stephenson, Jr.
Location Blacksburg, Alexandria, in Virginia, United States
Affiliations Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance is the nonprofit and public sector research and outreach institute of Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance is an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary community of collaborating faculty, staff and students that conducts governance-related research, learning and engagement efforts concerning significant public challenges.[1]


Virginia Tech's Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) is a major research and outreach body for the Commonwealth of Virginia and local governments within the state and nonprofit/civil society organizations across the globe. IPG seeks to improve the response of government, businesses, and nonprofit institutions to various policy challenges such as healthcare, social services, regional infrastructure, and workforce and economic development. To accomplish these goals, IPG engages in an active program of policy research, dissemination, implementation, and technical assistance involving faculty and graduate students. IPG exercises outreach to state agencies, local governments, and the community in the form of seminars, internships, and volunteer service.


  • Design evaluation studies
  • Conduct needs assessments and implementation studies
  • Perform program assessment
  • Develop in-person, telephone, and e-mail surveys
  • Conduct focus groups and interviews
  • Foster federal/state/local relationship[2]

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