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The Idaho Policy Institute was launched by Associate Professor and Director Gregory Hill and Research Director Vanessa Fry. It has since grown with ten full-time employees and two Graduate Assistants. The Institute is currently working on seven projects and has completed over 40 projects working with nonprofits, local and state government and private industry spanning the entire state of Idaho.

Dean Corey Cook teaching
Dean Corey Cook

A note from Dean Corey Cook about the School of Public Service and the Idaho Policy Institute:

“Boise State University holds the State mandate for public affairs education. In other words, of the State’s institutions of higher education, Boise State is expected to be the most prominent in public service programming – a mission the University chose to embrace by creating the School of Public Service in 2015. So not only is the School established to inspire and equip students to be innovative, principled and effective public service leaders, it was also explicitly intended to promote meaningful community engagement and civil discourse, and to serve as an objective and unbiased resource for citizens and decision-makers throughout the state. Faculty, staff, and students at Boise State had a long history of doing this kind of work. But to do so in a systematic way required the creation of an institute dedicated fully to this purpose.

We anticipated that the Idaho Policy Institute would serve a critically important need in Idaho. But the success and growth of IPI far exceeds my wildest expectations, which is fully due to the outstanding staff of the institute their well earned reputation for unbiased, objective, and exemplary work.”


The School of Public Service at Boise State University launched the Idaho Policy Institute in the summer of August, 2016 and held an official public opening on October 4, 2016. Dean Corey Cook announced the creation of the Institute with the vision of creating an institute that could directly interact with the community.