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Vision & Mission

The work of VTIPG is framed by our mission, vision and values.  For more than a decade, we have supported research in pursuit of policy and societal change.  Our work spans disciplines and frameworks, and we are committed to principles of equity and inclusion in all our endeavors.



The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance is an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary community of collaborating faculty, staff and students that conducts governance-related research, learning and engagement efforts concerning significant public challenges.  We work principally with and for vulnerable or disadvantaged populations locally, regionally, nationally and globally in order to support more socially resilient and adaptive democratic societies.



The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance maintains an active program of empirical and theoretical research-related domains of interest to achieve more fully democratic societies at all geographic scales.  We engage in research, capacity building, technical outreach and community-based participatory inquiry with and on behalf of those we serve, principally disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.


Institute faculty, staff and affiliated students view the following twenty values as fundamental to how we approach and conduct our work.  We aspire to their daily incorporation and realization in all of our efforts.

Core Values:

  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Honesty
  • Human Dignity
  • Integrity
  • Learning
  • Mutuality
  • Openness
  • Social Justice
  • Trust

Practice Values:

  • Collaboration
  • Empathy
  • Ethicality
  • Honesty
  • Innovation
  • Learning
  • Purposefulness
  • Reflexivity
  • Responsiveness
  • Transparency