Applied Policy Research Institute (APRI)


APRI's core staff members and extended network of researchers leverage an array of research methods to systematically and reliably answer policy questions, evaluate programs, and conduct analyses. To date, APRI has served as an evaluator for grant programs from the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly the Ohio Board of Regents), and a host of regional clients. 

Survey Research 

APRI has operated a survey lab for over 20 years that has provided municipalities with data driven insights into public opinion on various items from tax levies to land use to transportation services, and more. Through its survey instruments, APRI also generates critical primary data on workforce demand, energy industries, and public health. Surveys in the lab are conducted using a number of methods including: 

  • Telephone Surveys
  • Mail Surveys
  • Online Surveys
  • Site or location based surveys
  • Face-to-Face Surveys


Building on its proven track record in survey research and gauging public opinion, APRI has launched a quick-turnaround polling operation, Wright Poll. Through Wright Poll, APRI can accurately and rapidly turnaround questionnaires to get an accurate read of the public's pulse on policy topics ranging from drug legalization to major workforce issues. 

Dedicated Data Collection and Analysis

APRI has access to a number of databases, both public and private. That access coupled with expertise in these databases, which range from company information to employment, labor markets, federal procurement, and more, allows APRI to provide targeted data collection and data analytics to deliver insights into policy questions and challenges faced by decisionmakers. Collected data may describe problems, populations, operations, perceptions and more. 

Economic Impact Analysis

Through economic modeling, APRI's staff can analyze and estimate the return on investment and the broader economic impact of a public policy or a specific program. APRI has developed models for decision making and will continue to do so in the future. For example, we have developed a model for multi-county economic development that also invests in workforce development.

Geospatial Analysis

APRI's expert staff can also apply their statistical analysis to specific geographic areas when location is an important variable and find out where specific conditions may exist.  

Policy and Program Evaluation

We’re also well versed in evaluating public policies and programs for their effectiveness and efficiency. Public and private dollars go into funding a variety of programs and policies – from economic development efforts to public health programs – and stakeholders want to ensure those dollars are being invested wisely. At APRI we employ trusted, systemic methods for evaluating programs and policy, and we can help determine if more efficient paths can be pursued.