The Wilder School conducts approximately $8 million in annual research, much of which is facilitated through our Center for Public Policy. The center facilitates applied-research projects in partnership with policy leaders at the federal, state and local levels, while also providing consulting services to public, private and nonprofit entities throughout the Commonwealth.
In addition, the school is home to several research initiatives including the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, which provides an avenue for students to get hands-on experience in conducting research and the Sustainable Communities Institute which addresses social, physical, environmental and economic issues of sustainability through planning, research and community engagement.
Wilder School faculty members receive grant funding from national foundations and agencies for their diverse research endeavors. Our students — graduate and undergraduate — have the opportunity to participate in much of this research enterprise, helping to fulfill the school’s teaching and research mission.
Adviser for Research and Consultation
Robyn McDougle is the faculty director of the Office for Public Policy Outreach at Virginia Commonwealth University. The office connects VCU policy relevant research with the state legislature as well as clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The Office for Public Policy Outreach is located within the VCU Wilder School. McDougle is also an associate professor of criminal justice and the interim director of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute (CEPI).