Each department within SUAPP contains its own research and outreach units.
The Regional Economic Development Center is the research and outreach arm of the Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning.
REDC has been conducting applied research and providing technical assistance to public
and private sector clients in Middle and West Tennessee since 1967. REDC serves as
an urban and regional laboratory for both students and faculty.
The Mid-South Planning & Zoning Institute presents a day-long conference each spring for citizen leaders, elected officials,
planning commissioners, zoning boards, and planning professionals. The purpose of
this conference is to facilitate a better understanding of critical issues in land
use planning and policy. Nationally recognized experts form the faculty of the conference
and explore critical issues in planning the future of neighborhoods, towns, cities,
counties, and regions in the Mid-South.
Mid-South Social Survey Center conducts socially significant research with public policy implications as well as
research of theoretical or academic interest. MS-SRC has conducted numerous studies
since it was established in 2003. MS-SRC's client base includes local and state government
agencies, private and non-profit groups, and university researchers. The survey center
provides the expertise, resources, facilities, and staff for services designed to
fit specific needs. The MS-SRC research staff assists researchers, policy-makers,
and students in choosing an appropriate research design to fit a project's needs.
MS-SRC research services include the following: research using telephone surveys,
face-to-face interviews, web surveys, and mailed questionnaires.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is an innovative police based first responder program that has become nationally
known as the “Memphis Model” of pre-arrest jail diversion for those in a mental illness
crisis. This program provides law enforcement based crisis intervention training for
helping those individuals with mental illness. Involvement in CIT is voluntary and
based in the patrol division of the police department. In addition, CIT works in partnership
with those in mental health care to provide a system of services that is friendly
to the individuals with mental illness, family members, and the police officers.
Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (IPNL) leverages the expertise and dedication of faculty, staff and community partners through
collaborative research. IPNL is part of the Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration.
With a focus on issues of local interest, IPNL will facilitate greater understanding
of the nonprofit sector, its operations and practices, and the missions served by
this vital group of organizations.