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 departments of PSU's Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, and includes the Nonprofit Institute and the Institute for Tribal 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, Korea and Thailand. These offerings include an Executive MPA degree for experienced practitioners; custom-designed leadership development programs; and applied research and technical assistance across a wide range of fields including diversity and inclusion, change management, and organizational performance.


Nonprofit Institute

570 Urban Center


The Nonprofit Institute (NPI) operates out of the Center for Public Service in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. Its mission is to support the Oregon nonprofit sector so that it can fulfill its promise to bring people together to build a more just, inclusive and sustainable society. To support this mission, NPI endeavors to reinvigorate the sector's work so that nonprofits can achieve better results. The Nonprofit Institute:

  • Builds the sector's capacity to to organize, learn and lead;
  • Strengthens and grows its networks;
  • Tells the sector's story and articulates its promise;
  • Advances vanguard issues collectively and across sectors.

These goals are accomplished through a set of integrated strategies:

  • Conducts primary research and collates scholarship generated by others to create a knowledge-bank that can be used to advance the organizational design, governance, and practice of nonprofit organizations. Emphasis is placed on applied research that generates knowledge of immediate relevance to address the needs and missions of nonprofits.
  • Strengthens the capacity of nonprofit organizations in Oregon to engage in evidence-based evaluation and assessment practices to enhance organizational performance and increase collective impact.
  • Organizes knowledge and develops instructional approaches to advance the knowledge and skill base of consultants and other capacity builders.
  • Advances professional development of those who provide support to nonprofit organizations.
  • Offers high quality academic programs and learning opportunities that address a changing nonprofit landscape and shift in focus to community-building for both today's leaders and the next generation leaders in the nonprofit sector.
  • Facilitates discussions and collaborations that build networks and bring people together to share knowledge, reflect on practice, and generate new ideas to engender greater collective impact.
We believe that these goals strengthen civic life and participation, and collectively impact the pressing issues of society.


Institute for Tribal Government

570-T 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 work with tribal, state, local, and federal governments within 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 advances the use of innovative collaborative governance methods in Oregon and nationally by providing collaboration services, university courses, professional training, and research. We help people work together collaboratively to develop public policy and implement community-based solutions.  NPCC provides the following services:

Collaboration and Community Engagement Services: We help government, nonprofits, the private sector, and communities collaborate to:

  • Resolve public disputes
  • Seek agreement on new public policies
  • Implement community solutions collaboratively to improve local economies and quality of life
  • Increase public participation that has a collective impact on public issues

Education and Professional Training: We offer academic programs and customized professional training to prepare students and professionals to:

  • Use consensus-seeking to resolve policy disputes
  • Apply collaborative approaches in their current professions
  • Work in the fields of conflict resolution and public engagement

Applied Research and Development: We have several state and national programs that work on the ground to:

  • Pilot special projects to test innovative practices in collaborative governance and public engagement
  • Work with other states to advance the use of collaborative governance approaches nationwide
  • Publish collaboration resource materials


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 Girls: Oregon, Action, Leadership, Service 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.