The research centers, institutes and partners of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy conduct state-of-the-art research, policy analysis, and professional development in order to improve the efficiency of governmental organizations and to enhance the quality of life of individuals living in the United States and around the globe.
The State University of New York’s Center for International Development is a university-wide institution that designs and implements international technical assistance and training projects, conducts policy-oriented research, and contributes to both the theory and the practice of international development. Through its in-country development projects, and its conferences, publications, research, and outreach activities,the Center works to enhance the capacity of developing nations to meet critical challenges.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, which is a research partner of Rockefeller College, conducts studies and special projects to assist government and enhance the capacity of states and localities to meet critical challenges. Through its conferences, research, and publications, the Institute works with the best experts and top officials at all levels of government to forge creative solutions to public problems. The work of the Institute focuses on the role of state governments in the American federal system.
For over 30 years, the Professional Development Program has been a leader in the engaged university through its commitment to continuing professional education and extended learning. An award-winning resource to federal, state, and local governments as well as for many non-profit organizations, PDP contributes state-of-the art capacities in education, training, research and evaluation, e-learning, video production, and public education campaigns. PDP offers a comprehensive package of services to improve individual and organizational performance, from initial consultation through all phases of needs assessment, organizational analysis, and program development to full implementation and management. Combined with its highly regarded content expertise in public policy and administration, social welfare, human services, computer systems, and instructional technologies, PDP is recognized as one of the nation’s leading higher education providers of performance-based solutions for continuing professional education and workforce development.
The Center for Technology in Government, which is a research partner of Rockefeller College, works with government to develop information strategies that foster innovation and enhance the quality and coordination of public services. The Center carries out this mission through applied research and partnership projects that address the policy, management, and technology dimensions of information use in the public sector. The results contribute to a growing knowledge base designed to support the work of both government professionals and academic researchers.
The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society is part of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York. Through research, teaching, training, leadership development, networking, and public education, the Center works to: Strengthen women’s public policy leadership; Broaden access of women and youth to policy knowledge, skills, and influence; Advance equity for women in the workplace; Enhance nonprofit management and leadership; Inform policy makers and policy activists on issues related to women, children and families.
The Center for Policy Research was formally established in September 1987. Its overall mission is to advance the Rockefeller College goal of establishing and maintaining excellence in the field of public policy, emphasizing research on both methodological and substantive issues.
Institute for Financial Market Regulation (IFMR) is a cooperative project of the financial services industry, regulatory organizations, and major law firms with the University at Albany and Albany Law School. The Center oversees an undergraduate major and minor in Financial Market Regulation at the University at Albany and graduate and legal education in financial market regulation at the University at Albany and Albany Law School. The program is designed to graduate students who are capable of responding in sophisticated, flexible ways to current developments in financial markets, whether in entry-level professional practice or in graduate and law school. The Institute also contributes to the theory and practice of financial market regulation through research connecting academic researchers specialized training with professionals knowledge and experience, engaging live issues facing regulators and supervisors.
PVC’s mission is to advance the study of all forms of political violence, including the study of terrorism, insurgency, rebellion, as well as intrastate and interstate war. This mission is accomplished through multidisciplinary research and collaboration with other centers, universities, small businesses, and government entities. PVC is currently working on multiple major projects primarily involving terrorism and insurgency and methods for countering them. Currently these projects are being funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation.
The Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research seeks to improve highway safety by conducting research studies, evaluating programmatic and legislative initiatives, consulting on public policy issues, and providing a wide range of technical and analytical services that support state and national efforts to reduce motor vehicle crashes, fatalities, and injuries.
The National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) has as its mission: “Through collaboration, creativity, and a commitment to excellence, the National Center for Security and Preparedness supports the nation’s efforts to be secure from acts of terrorism and to be prepared to respond to incidents of high consequence and disasters through research, education, training, and technical assistance.” The NCSP works with state and Federal agencies, the private sector, and other organizations in work consistent with its mission. Projects currently underway within the Center include the delivery of workshops dealing with “national preparedness initiatives,” “campus preparedness,” intelligence, and security. Arguably the most important asset of the NCSP is its Panel of Experts. The panel is comprised of subject matter experts (SMEs) that have been invited to affiliate with the NCSP. The depth and breadth of the panel is significant and is continually being enhanced. The NCSP is located at 423 State St. and its web site is www.albany.edu/ncsp.
The Program on Local and Intergovernmental Studies (POLIS) strives to improve the performance of collaborative activities across governments. The research team works with New York State agencies and local governments to build an agenda around intergovernmental cooperation initiatives. We deliver practical advice to our partners and share best practices with the broader governance community.
The Initiative for System Dynamics in the Public Sector develops system dynamics computer simulation models of specific problems identified by government agencies and nonprofits. These models are used to test scenarios and develop understanding about the possible implications of different policies and programs prior to implementation. Studies for the Division of Disability Determinations, The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and Home Health Care Association of New York are among the Initiative’s recent projects as well as providing training for Office of the State Comptroller and Regional School Support Center. Current projects include an examination of scenarios regarding the implementation of technology on the criminal justice system for the National Institute of Justice.