Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
The Ford School of Public Policy provides professional education for students interested in careers that focus on public issues. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, with a strong emphasis on analytic skills. The Ford School curriculum is designed to prepare students to work effectively in the increasingly complex world of policy analysis and public management.
The National Poverty Center is co-located with ongoing poverty research initiatives underway at the Ford School, including the Program on Poverty and Social Welfare Policy and the Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy.
The Michigan Program on Poverty and Social Welfare Policy promotes interdisciplinary applied research on poverty and social welfare policy and works to translate research findings to public policy decision makers.
The Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy provides outstanding American minority scholars the opportunity to spend a year or two conducting research and pursuing extensive training. The mentoring program is designed to expand knowledge on a broad range of issues related to poverty and public policy and to encourage interdisciplinary research through course work, research, and faculty interaction.
The Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy has trained more than 100 researchers and practitioners since its founding in 1998. This program is made possible through grants from the Ford Foundation.