Centers, Institutes & Partners
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.
CTG UAlbany, 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 National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP), a center of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and partner of Rockefeller College, 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 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 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 Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES) is dedicated to conducting research and outreach on policy issues that intersect the realms of economics and security. A range of important topics exist at this cross-roads, including the proliferation of strategic and military technologies, border security, illicit trade, and the use of sanctions, strategic trade controls, and foreign aid by governments as tools of economic statecraft.
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.
The Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development is a collaborative effort of Albany Law School and UAlbany’s Schools of Business, Public Health, Social Welfare, and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy dedicated to expanding the University’s collaboration with the nonprofit sector and increasing opportunities for students to study nonprofit management and nonprofit leaders to participate in professional development activities.
The Project on State and Local Government Finance (SLGF) is dedicated to conducting research on fiscal issues in state and local governments in the United States. Our central mission is to produce objective, rigorous, and in-depth analysis to inform and educate policy makers and stakeholders of state and local governments, to help them make better financial management decisions. Our research covers a broad range of topics, including public pension systems, municipal finances, budgetary and fiscal institutions, and tax analysis. SLGF is currently working on a major project in which it is analyzing risks related to the New York City Teachers Retirement System, and how those risks could affect the finances of New York City, and how they could affect stakeholders in the pension plan and in New York City.
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 Center for Collaborative HIV Research in Practice and Policy (CCHRPP), located at the University at Albany School of Public Health, addresses the public health and social justice challenges of persons placed at risk for, or living with, HIV and related diseases. New York is an epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the United States with more persons living with HIV than any other state. The related epidemics of hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections, and opioid use heavily impact New York, affecting many of the same populations placed at risk for HIV. CCHRPP researchers, housed at the UAlbany School of Public Health, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, SUNY Downstate, and the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, are taking a life-course view of prevention and treatment for these interrelated epidemics.
The School of Criminal Justice administers externally funded research through the renowned Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center. Faculty, research staff, and students work on research projects, develop policy recommendations in the field of criminal justice, disseminate research results through publications in leading scholarly journals, sponsor lectures and other colloquia, and provide opportunities for graduate students to learn research skills and develop dissertation topics. Over its 30-year history, the Hindelang Center has employed more than 100 Graduate Research Assistants and administered tens of millions of dollars in grants and contracts.