About the Institute

IPP PersonnelThe primary objective of IPP is to be the pre-eminent source of independent, nonpartisan, and evidence-based public policy analysis for Missouri.

Established in 2000 to enhance knowledge and understanding of critical public policy issues of concern to policymakers and citizens, IPP is an integral part of the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. IPP provides a suite of services to the University, the State of Missouri - both legislative and executive branches - county, city and municipal governments, and nonprofit organizations across Missouri. These services include:

  • Evaluation and Project Management
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Training and Consulting
  • Graduate Student Practicum Center


IPP's current focus is in six main policy clusters:

  • Education
  • Regional & Economic Development
  • Social Services
  • Public Safety
  • Health Access, Choice, Cost & Quality
  • Public Health Issues


IPP has a staff of eight and is led by Brian Dabson, Director, and Associate Dean of the Truman School of Public Affairs. The staff's work is supported by a team of nine MPA and PhD graduate research assistants, one student office assistant, and a network of fourteen Policy Research Scholars. The scholars group is comprised of University faculty from the Truman School of Public Affairs, Department of Political Science, College of Education, School of Social Work, School of Law, College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, and Division of Applied Social Sciences.

A current priority of IPP personnel is to forge strong collaborative arrangements with a wide range of departments, schools, and colleges at the University of Missouri. Discussions are underway with faculty at the College of Education, College of Engineering, MU Extension, School of Health Professions, College of Human Environmental Sciences, School of Journalism, School of Medicine, and School of Social Work.

Annual Report July 2012 - June 2013
IPP Annual Report
2012-2013
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Newsletter
IPP Newsletter
October 2013
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Prospectus 2012-2015
IPP Prospectus
2012-2015
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