CLOSUP's third core component, in addition to its research and teaching functions, is its information dissemination and outreach function. The major program in this area is to create and maintain an extensive web site, to serve as a centralized source of information for researchers, students, policymakers, the media, and the public interested in state, local, and urban policy. The site provides links to a wide range of data sources, directories, publications, organizations, governments, and so on. The site also provides information about ongoing research activities in the area of state, local, and urban policy, including the collaborative research projects sponsored by CLOSUP and other U of M projects. The web site helps CLOSUP to both promote the production of new and innovative policy-relevant scholarship and to disseminate that knowledge to policymakers and opinion leaders.