The Center for Policy Informatics promotes, supports and directs research to develop methods and platforms that facilitate new forms of effective governance (e.g., complex systems modeling, crowd sourcing, participatory platforms, citizen science), as well as research exploring new forms of effective governance in particular domains including education, environment, and health.

The Center is currently leading projects to explore the drivers of collaborative failure (e.g., power disparities, complexity, uncertainty and conflicting goals) and leverage technology (e.g., interactive simulations, participatory modeling, personal sensors) to enhance collaborative, evidence-based decision-making and facilitate complexity governance. A common theme across research projects is to enable public values to flourish through innovations in governance processes and institutions by rethinking how governing bodies and the public act on information, computation, and communication technologies never previously available. The Center further wants to catalyze a field of scholarship, both research and training, around the concept of policy informatics that integrates public administration, information technology, economics, law, complex systems, decision sciences, and political science.

Our research seeks to develop and contribute to effective governance strategies and then leverage those advances to solve specific societal needs. Further, as technology enables collaboration and decision-making in manners previously not envisioned, and continuing research informs how such processes evolve and can succeed, the Center is one of the few entities that can provide a breeding ground for public officials and researchers alike to generate new questions that will drive the next stages of research.