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Established by the Texas Legislature in 1983, the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) serves as a leading interdisciplinary government and social policy research organization. Social problems related to the areas of criminal justice, education, family well-being, government, public health and substance abuse provide the substantive focus of PPRI’s work. Through the application of sophisticated research methods, PPRI successfully designs scientific projects that predict and evaluate the effectiveness of local, state, regional, national, and international programs and initiatives.


The Institute’s mission is providing scientific research and evaluative services to the Texas legislature and the various federal, regional, state, and community agencies actively engaged in determining public policy. Philosophically, the PPRI mission is consistent with the land grant mission of providing citizens access to the benefits of university research. This mission is fulfilled through the employment of creative personnel with the expertise to conduct policy and evaluative research, operating a prominent survey research center, and through training Texas A&M University graduate and undergraduate students.

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