"I can't think of an academic center that has produced more talent or
had a greater impact on public policy in Idaho."
– Cecil D. Andrus, four-term Idaho Governor and former Secretary of the Interior
The James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
promotes informed, knowledgeable public policy decisions on critical issues facing the state of Idaho.
The center produces research reports for local and state officials and conducts topical policy and political analysis. The group also hosts colloquia, a seminar series, and brings in experts to discuss current topics and policy issues facing our state, the Pacific Northwest and even the nation.
Through research, speaker series and outreach efforts, the McClure Center for Public Policy Research aims to:
- Promote Sustainability as a partner in the University-wide effort to enhance leadership and decision-making abilities of elected and appointed officials by addressing the impact of sustainability on the prosperity of their communities.
- Conduct Public Policy Research on critical issues in Idaho communities, such as water issues, transportation, impact of growth and development, energy, science and technology, and land use. The McClure center conducts polling, policy analysis and reporting.
- Improve Civic Education through leadership training and the University’s professional ethics initiative.
- Expand Outreach to Idaho High Schools through symposia, summer institutes and scholarship opportunities.
- Present Forum and Lecture Series to increase public dialogue on important issues. Learn more about the McClure Lectures on Science and Public Policy.
Originally established in 1959 as the Bureau of Public Affairs Research, the center was renamed in 2007 in honor of James and Louise McClure’s significant contributions to the state and nation.