The Social Policy Institute is a university-wide initiative dedicated to addressing pressing social issues through transdisciplinary empirical research, dissemination of evidence-informed policy and training.
Combining lessons from areas such as economics, business, medicine, public policy, social work and sociology, the Social Policy Institute (SPI) provides a systems-level understanding of policy problems and promotes systems-level solutions. The Institute aims to build upon existing international collaborations and establish new partnerships, further enhancing Washington University’s reputation as a global research leader. SPI values the robust array of its partnerships—ranging from local St. Louis nonprofits, to national government agencies in the U.S. and abroad, to corporations that affect the daily lives of people in communities.
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