The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise exemplifies an emerging model of use-inspired research by carrying out and mobilizing cutting-edge university research to address important social concerns. The Institute is focused on ‘the public enterprise’—governments and other organizations in service to society—and at the same time seeks to be ‘enterprising’ in identifying and implementing new approaches to improving the effectiveness of public policies and programs. The Institute promotes an exemplary model of use-inspired research. The model of research has five components:
- Integration of knowledge about the structural dynamics of the institutions and organizations through which laws, policies and programs are implemented;
- Innovative methodologies and rigorous research designs necessary for studying complex problems of contemporary life, including an emphasis on multi-disciplinary approaches;
- Research conducted in actual context, often in partnership with practitioners, with a focus on such outcomes as improvements in educational performance and a safer, more sustainable environment;
- Explicit consideration of the key factors supporting or impeding successful implementation of laws, policies and programs;
- Timely and effective communication of results to promote widespread adoption of practices based on research conclusions.