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Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies (VIPPS) 2002f
1207 18th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37212, United States
tel:1-615 322 8505 fax:1-615 322 8081

Organizational Status: University-affiliated institute, founded in 1976.

General Description: VIPPS operates through nine centers named for their major research interests: Child and Family Policy, Crime and Justice Policy, Environmental Management, Evaluation Research and Methodology, Health Policy, Crime and Justice Policy, Mental Health Policy, Psychotherapy Research and Policy, State and Local Policy, and US-Japan Studies and Cooperation. Each center is led by a member of the faculty and has associated with it other faculty fellows and senior fellows, research associates and assistants, and support staff. VIPPS faculty are truly interdisciplinary, representing psychology, sociology, political science, medicine, law, engineering, education and economics. A small central staff directs and coordinates outreach, fundraising and administration. To complement its research mission, the institute works to build bridges between the policy research and policy action communities. These efforts include issues workshops for the metropolitan Nashville city council and for freshman Tennessee state legislators, general interest seminars on topics related to its research program, and conferences on topics as diverse as the transfer of technology between military and civilian uses and the international climate for the protection of intellectual property rights.

Annual Budget: USD 5 million (2000)

(As of December, 2002)

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