The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research is a unit of the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. Along with our Legislative Leadership Program, the Institute hosts policy forums, informational sessions, fellowships, research database, survey research, research papers and training programs for legislators and legislative staff. Examples include:
- Public Policy Forums – Every month while the Michigan Legislature is in session, these Public Policy Forums present essential information about the state’s most pressing problems. Our winter session starts in January 2021.
- Legislative Staff Training -- Specialized workshops on policy and professioinal development for all legislative staff conducted three times a year.
- State of the State Survey - The only survey conducted in Michigan designed to systematically monitor the public mood on important issues in major regions of the state.
- Rosenthal Internship Program – Nominate your interns for meaningful scholarships. Free workshops and awards programs are available to legislative interns. Workshops are due to begin again in 2021.
- Corrrelates of State Policy -- A compilation of U.S. state policy research, tracking policy differences across the 50 states and changes over time. A "one-stop" shop of more than 900 variables from various sources assembled into one, useful dataset.
2023 Program Resources
- Building a Constituent Relations Program - Ben Frederick (.pdf)
- Building Your Best Colleague - Rachel Perez & Ebony Lucas (.pdf)
- Current Budget : Terms & Dollars - Kathryn Summers (.pdf)
- Introduction to Legislative Oversight - Jim Townsend & Ben Eickey (.pdf)
2022 Program Resources
- 2022 Program Agenda (.pdf)
- Michigan Budget Timeline/Process (.pdf)
- Michigan Budget Expenditures (.pdf)
- Michigan Economic Outlook (.pdf)
- COVID-19 and K12 Schools in Michigan (.pdf)
- Public Health 101 (.pdf)
- Michigan Demographic Trends (.pdf)
2021 Program Resources
- February 2021 Agenda (.pdf)
- Online Evaluation -- coming soon!
- February 2021 Contact Directory
Februrary Supporting Documents
- Community Mental Health
- Behaviorial Health Access Study
- Consumer and Family Perspectives in Behavioral Health
January Supporting Documents
2020 Program Resource Documents
Michigan's Budget - Revenues and Expenditures
Transportation & Infrastructure
Across the Partisan Divide
Economic Outlook & Business Development
COVID-19 and Long-term Strategies for Michigan Public Health
A compilation of extensive resources related to the 2020 program can be found here (.pdf)
Staying in Touch
IPPSR stays in touch with the policy community in a number of ways – through email, the ippsr.msu.edu website, news releases and media relations and those who take part in its programs. You can stay in touch with IPPSR through Institute for Public Policy and Social Research on Facebook and Twitter @ippsr @mplpmsu and by subscribing to our YouTube Channel.