Our Mission

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

What OPAL Offers to Our Clients

  • Skilled ability to conduct research using both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Experience building and conducting surveys and interviews
  • In-depth data analysis to arrive at policy recommendations
  • Tailored policy briefs outlining our research and recommendations for your specific needs

Previous OPAL Research Topics

  • Social Services
  • Climate Change
  • Education
  • Law Enforcement
  • LGBTQ+ Communities
  • Renewable Energy
  • Rural Development
  • Transportation


Please see the "Projects" link for further information.

To inquire about putting OPAL to work for you, contact Director Mark Edwards.