The James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho is named for an iconic United States Senator and his esteemed wife, Louise. Together, they championed the causes of Idaho, from Moscow to Boise to Washington, for four decades. Senator McClure earned the respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for his engagement in thoughtful civil dialogue, his pursuit and promotion of bi-partisan collaboration, and his long commitment to sound public policy.
The McClure Center examines and promotes research on public policy and leadership in public affairs issues that impact the state, the region and the nation.
The core of the Center’s mission, befitting of Senator McClure’s legacy, is the application of scientifically based research to the public policy making process.
The Center is Idaho’s preeminent public policy research center applying the University of Idaho’s interdisciplinary research expertise and promoting engagement and collaboration with other institutions and organizations as resources in support of public policy making and the public’s understanding and involvement in these processes.
Foundational to the Center’s work is the promotion of broader public knowledge and understanding of political and policy making processes and the promotion of civic engagement and civil discourse.
Public policy is only as effective as the information, research and analysis upon which it is based. The McClure Center’s mission is to be a credible source for the public and the state’s policy makers for such research and analysis.