The Center shapes and informs public policy by publishing Policy Reports on important emerging policy issues. These reports integrate in-depth scholarly research with the views and opinions of people interested in and affected by any particular policy issue. When appropriate, the Center uses various means (such as interviews and surveys) to engage stakeholders in naming problems and framing options, and then supplements this understanding with the best available information and ideas in the literature.
In some cases, a Policy Report may serve as a catalyst for a multi-party dialogue or negotiation. In other cases, it may simply capture the status of a particular public policy issue and provide a useful analysis of the past, present, and options for the future. The Center carefully selects topics to address after consulting with citizens, leaders, and scholars.