Our Mission

Our mission is to improve public policy in Oregon and beyond through independent, objective, nonpartisan policy analysis conducted by OSU graduate students on major social, economic, ecological, and political issues. To accomplish this, we will draw upon the extensive research capacity of Oregon State University.

Working with OPAL "has prepared me for many facets of professional life - from communicating and working with a team to building relationships and connections with community leaders and practitioners.”
--- Andrew Spaeth, Forest Program Associate at Sustainable Northwest and OPAL Alumnus

Gain Transferrable Skills

Work with community partners on real world problems:

  • Gain experience using both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Practice building and conducting surveys and interviews
  • Do in-depth data analysis to arrive at conclusions for policy questions
  • Write and publish policy briefs and papers

Previous OPAL Research Topics

  • Arts and Culture
  • Climate Change
  • Education
  • Law Enforcement
  • LGBTQ+ Communities
  • Renewable Energy
  • Tax Deferral Programs
  • Transportation

Please see our Policy Briefs for further information.

Apply to Join a Policy Team

If you are interested in joining our team on any of our current projects, please do not hesitate to contact us.