Research Centers and Institutes

Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute

550 Urban Center


The institute is a multi-disciplinary research unit serving the entire PSU community, but affiliated with the Criminology and Criminal Justice Division of the School of Government. It is designed to provide policy makers throughout the state with a forum in which issues of policy and practice may be explored, using objective, performance-based criteria. It is also designed to bring together the varied resources of Portland State University and coordinate those resources with other institutions of higher education to address issues emanating from the justice community. The institute has an external advisory board, representing a broad cross-section of justice agencies, which serves to focus attention on issues of concern to the community, state, and region.

Projects currently underway, or recently completed by faculty associated with the institute, include:

  • National Evaluation of Safe Start Promising Approaches,
  • Project Safe Neighborhoods Gun Violence Reduction,
  • Portland and Gresham Weed & Seed Efforts,
  • Evaluation of Oregon Law Enforcement Traffic Stops,
  • Public Perceptions of Oregon Law Enforcement,
  • Risk Assessment in Portland Police Bureau’s Domestic Violence Reduction Unit,
  • Tactical Ethics – Perspectives on Profiling Training, and the Oregon Law Enforcement Contacts Policy & Data Review Committee
  • Portland Police Bureau Neighborhood Involvement Locations (NI-Loc) Project.

Center for Public Service

570 Urban Center


The Center for Public Service draws on the extensive expertise of faculty and students within the Public Administration, Political Science, and Criminology and Criminal Justice divisions of PSU's Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. The Center's broad mandate is to connect PSU's research capabilities and public service mission with real-world challenges in the public and nonprofit sectors, while forging productive and sustainable relationships with leaders at the local, state, federal, and international levels.

Through its leadership program area the Center offers a wide range of education, specialized training, and research programs that serve elected officials and public and nonprofit sector leaders throughout the Oregon/SW Washington area, as well as in international venues such as Vietnam, Japan, China and Korea. These offerings include an Executive MPA degree for experienced practitioners; a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising; custom-designed leadership development programs; and applied research and technical assistance across a wide range of fields including workforce diversity, change management, and organizational performance.

Through its nonprofit program area the Center focuses on research and high quality, accessible, and relevant education in nonprofit management, leadership, governance, and philanthropy. Programs include seminars, workshops, conferences, and community forums designed to link theory and practice for practitioners in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

Institute for Tribal Government

570-J Urban Center


The Institute for Tribal Government, housed within the Center for Public Service, is a national leader in its field, providing elected tribal leaders with the information and leadership skills to deal with tribal, state, and federal governance and a wide range of related policy issues. Tribal leaders are offered programs to meet their own unique needs either with sessions at the Hatfield School or at tribal sites. Programs are available for addressing federal Indian law, tribal government duties and responsibilities, tribal and state relations, the federal legislative process, federal judicial and administrative procedures, and effective tribal leadership strategies.

Center for Turkish Studies

650 Urban Center


The Center for Turkish Studies operates out of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and the Office of International Affairs at Portland State University. The Center’s faculty covers diverse academic disciplines and come from institutions in North America, Europe, Turkey, and North Cyprus. The center promotes academic research and exchange programs between PSU and Turkish universities as its primary objective. It also engages in private and public sector outreach activities on topics pertaining to contemporary Turkish affairs, the Turkic world, and the peace process in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean. It sponsors and coordinates international conferences, promotes business relationships, and provides consulting on strategic, technical, economic, and political issues to national and international institutions and firms.

National Policy Consensus Center

720 Urban Center


The National Policy Consensus Center is an applied research and development center in collaborative governance that serves both the state of Oregon and a national audience. The Center offers students and faculty real-world experience that informs both research and teaching and offers training and student internship opportunities. NPCC is a credible, neutral forum and provides this asset to leaders and their communities seeking to address public issues and opportunities. NPCC has developed a robust spectrum of collaborative governance activities to improve governance outcomes. NPCC hosts the following programs:

Oregon Solutions (OS) is charged with developing sustainable solutions to community‐based problems that support economic,environmental, and community objectives and promote prosperity. OS works across sectors– government, business, and non‐profit– to agree how a project will be implemented, which is then memorialized in the Declaration of Cooperation®.

Oregon Consensus operates as a neutral forum and provides unbiased facilitation, mediation and agreement seeking services that bring together community members, organizations, government policy makers, and businesses to resolve differences, collaborate on public issues, and find a common direction forward.

Collaborative Systems are the convening of parties with intersecting interests over time around a topical area or geographic area span that may involve numerous projects or issues.

The Intergovernmental Program provides assistance to state and local governments in the formation of intergovernmental partnerships.

Oregon’s Kitchen Table (OKT) is a platform for permanent civic infrastructure through which Oregonians can provide real‐time feedback, opinions, and ideas to decision makers. OKT also experiments with new ways to broaden the concept of civic engagement.

In Research & Development, innovative applications of the Oregon Solutions model are explored including using the model for new subject matter areas across systems.

Center for Women's Leadership

530D Urban Center


The Center for Women's Leadership, housed within the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, is changing the way leadership looks from the ground up. Through targeted teaching programs for women and girls, community events, the Abigail Scott Duniway speaker series featuring notable women leaders (such as Lilly Ledbetter), educational programming and  skills trainings, our Center is building a diverse group of emerging women leaders in communities across the state. The Center works toward this by promoting scholarship that examines the presence and role of women in leadership, business, and public policy and by providing diverse and inclusive service programs that will develop the next generation of women leaders who will serve the city, state, region and nation. Current programs include National Education for Women's (NEW) Leadership Oregon, a competitive intensive leadership skills training program for women enrolled in higher education, with mentoring support and multiple future opportunities embedded in the structure and the Young Women's Leadership Summit Program, beginning with an annual conference for high school girls hosted at PSU with year long opportunities for connection and action. The Center promotes women's leadership through public and private sector outreach, hosting activities and awareness raising, collaborating with partner organizations, and highlights women's successes in our educational programming.