Mission and Vision

Since 1990, RUPRI has connected scholars,  practitioners, and policymakers to better understand rural America and plan for its future.


The mission of the Rural Policy Research Institute is to:

  • Undertake unbiased research and analysis on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America.
  • Improve the understanding of the impacts of public policies and programs on rural people and places, using original research and policy analysis.
  • Facilitate dialogue and collaboration among the diverse community, policy, practice, and research interests focused on a sustainable rural America.


Rural people and places have the resources and capacities to create strong, viable, meaningful, and sustainable futures that can both withstand and turn to advantage the forces of globalization and economic, demographic, and social change.