About the Center for Policy Research

We are part of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University

The Maxwell School Center for Policy Research (CPR) conducts a broad range of interdisciplinary research and other activities related to public policy, involving graduate students as assistants and junior colleagues. Faculty consult regularly with government agencies and other institutions concerning the issues they are studying.

The Center includes faculty from several departments within the Maxwell School, mainly Economics, Public Administration, and Sociology. This collection of specialists brings a depth of experience and skill to research and offers students a wealth of opportunity for discussion and advice on their own research, as well as the possibility of research assistantships on projects directed by the faculty. The Center provides a base for visiting scholars from the United States and abroad. CPR also publishes its own working paper and policy brief series. 

CPR is the home of the Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP), which was established in 2001. EFAP promotes research, education, and debate surrounding fundamental issues in the system of elementary and secondary education in the United States. Along with other education issues, the central focus of the program is on the tax and state aid programs that fund this system and on policies to promote efficiency and accountability in school districts. The central activity at EFAP is scholarly research. Many graduate students participate in the activities of EFAP, as graduate education is one of the program’s main concerns. 

The Center also houses the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. The Lerner Center conducts, coordinates, and promotes population and community health research, education, and outreach, with a particular emphasis on the social, spatial, and structural (including policy) determinants of physical, mental, and behavioral health and health disparities.

Additionally, CPR houses the Maxwell X Lab, which was established in 2017. The X Lab partners with the public and nonprofit sector to improve outcomes cost-effectively, and understand the precise impact of each change by using behavioral science and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to intelligently design and rigorously evaluate interventions.

CPR accommodates over 65 faculty, staff, and graduate students on the fourth floor of Eggers Hall. A full complement of staff provide extensive project assistance to the Center.

For more information about CPR programs and research projects, contact Peggy Austin or Katrina Fiacchi. You may also obtain general information about CPR by calling +1.315.443.3114, or by sending an email to ctrpol@syr.edu.