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Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR)


UMBC established the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR) in 1982. The mission of MIPAR is to connect UMBC research capabilities with decision makers to help address the pressing public policy issues facing the state, region and nation. MIPAR is located on the UMBC campus, close to Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Using the expertise of distinguished UMBC faculty, and faculty from other universities, MIPAR is able to address our clients’ challenges through a range of research endeavors.

Opinion research
We conduct surveys and focus groups to inform the policy-making process by measuring knowledge and opinions about issues.

Policy analysis
We analyze current problems and alternative policy responses; proposed policies and their potential impacts; and adopted policies, their impacts and whether they work.

Program evaluations
We use a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools to help clients understand and determine the effectiveness of their programs.

We organize conferences, seminars and workshops to inform public policy analysis and discussion at UMBC and in the community.