The core of CLOSUP's mission is its research component, including research projects run by CLOSUP. The Center also fosters and occasionally sponsors research projects directed by other members of the University of Michigan faculty. Major projects at CLOSUP include the Michigan Public Policy Survey and the National Surveys on Energy and Environment, part of CLOSUP's Energy and Environment Initiative. As of fall 2012, CLOSUP's Education Policy Initiative is being spun-out as a stand-alone activity hosted within the Ford School.
Michigan Public Policy Survey
In the Spring of 2009 CLOSUP launched the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), an ongoing survey program targeted at the chief elected and the chief appointed official in every unit of general purpose local government in Michigan. MPPS is designed to gather both opinion and factual data on a wide variety of policy issues and local government operations at the grassroots level throughout Michigan. MPPS is conducted by CLOSUP in partnership with the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Municipal League, and Michigan Townships Association. Funding for the initial waves of the MPPS came from CLOSUP and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For more information, see the MPPS home page.
National Surveys on Energy and Environment
The National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE), a core activity in CLOSUP's Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative, reflects a formal partnership between the Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion at Muhlenberg College and the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. NSEE surveys will include twice per year national opinion surveys on issues directly related to climate change, as well as other surveys conducted on a range of topics such as hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), the Great Lakes, and wider issues of energy and environment. For more information, see the NSEE home page.
Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative
CLOSUP's Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative (EEPI), launched in the fall of 2012, is a program of coordinated activities designed to bring the latest academic knowledge to bear on issues of energy, environment, and climate policy. Through a combination of research projects, events, classroom activities, and publications, EEPI seeks to inform policy-relevant discussions among policymakers and other stakeholders with new research findings. For more information, see the EEPI home page.
Education Policy Initiative
Note: EPI is now operating as a stand-alone initiative within the Ford School. For the latest updates on EPI, see the current EPI website. Otherwise, the information on CLOSUP's website regarding EPI at CLOSUP is for archival purposes only, to document EPI's startup phase when it was housed within CLOSUP.
In the Fall of 2007 CLOSUP launched the Education Policy Initiative (EPI), a set of activities designed to bring the latest academic knowledge to issues of education policy. Through a combination of research projects and related events such as the its Seminar Series, EPI seeks to identify and evaluate promising educational interventions and to inform educators and policymakers about new research findings. For more information, see the EPI page.
CLOSUP-sponsored Research Projects
During its first decade, CLOSUP sponsored over 50 research projects at the University of Michigan through a number of grants programs (the CLOSUP Major Projects Program, Small Grants Program, and later the Policy Research Grants Program). CLOSUP's former grant funding programs are now closed, though the Center continues to work with other faculty members around the University of Michigan on policy-relevant research. For more information regarding prior CLOSUP-sponsored projects, please see the project abstracts.
To disseminate the latest policy-relevant academic knowledge, CLOSUP produces in-depth policy reports. Please see the publications page for more information.
CLOSUP sponsors research conferences, seminars, workshops, and other events on topical policy issues. Although the format and purpose of each conference and seminar is unique, these events generally are designed to bring together researchers from across the University, and to host scholars as well as policymakers and practitioners from off campus, to address major policy issues of the day. These conferences help integrate University of Michigan researchers with policymakers and practitioners, in part to help inform research with perspectives from the field, and in part to help inform policymaking with the latest knowledge from the academic universe.