Established in 2003 by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, M.D., the Center works with a wide range of stakeholders to improve public policy through innovation, collaboration, and use of best evidence.
In fulfilling its mission, the Center:
- Identifies existing research relevant to the needs of decision makers in government and nonprofit sectors;
- Works with researchers to conduct original research that provides evidence-based answers to policy questions;
- Facilitates collaborations of like-minded parties interested in using evidence in decision-making;
- Engages diverse and relevant stakeholders in policy development.
This is achieved by engaging governmental entities, policymakers, non-profit organizations, private citizens, philanthropies, and researchers through projects that educate and provide training on the use of evidence in policy development and decision-making. Bringing these groups together to build on their similar interests, the Center convenes innovative collaborations and provides participants with decision-making tools needed to address today's policy challenges.