The Liberia Institute of Policy Studies and Research (LIPSR) is an academic (research) center- think tank based at the University of Liberia. The Institute is the University’s primary center for research dedicated to improving the quality of public policy and governance not only in Liberia but throughout the region.
The Institute engages in creating, applying and integrating knowledge from across the university and beyond to advance understanding of the developmental challenges and solutions especially in post-conflict societies. Our research efforts also inculcate local empirical evidence unique to the Liberian experience.
This is accomplished by providing independent policy analysis and advice. The idea of establishing an Institute of research dates as far back in the 70s as one of the professional departments at the University of Liberia. In December 1980, Dr. Amos Sawyer, then associate professor of political science and Dean of Liberia College, was appointed as the first acting Director for the institute.
Institute’s Leadership: The Institute is managed by an Executive Director, three assistant directors, senior researchers and draws upon faculty, staff and researchers from various parts of the University of Liberia, partner institutions and expertise from local and international partners.
The goal of the Institute is to strengthen and enhance multidimensional policy research that envisions policy reforms at the University and long-term development goals for policy action in Liberia.
MISSION Statement: The mission of the Institute is “to improve policy analysis across the public and private sector through rigorous research.”
VISION Statement: The Institute envisions to be a “premier center of excellence in research for improved policy formation in Liberia and the sub-region.”
- Core Values
The Institute takes pride in a set of beliefs and standards of acceptable core values intended to guide its day-to-day operations. The below core values define and reflect our identity and working culture.
PROFESSIONALISM: At LIPSR, we outrival by the quality of how we show up to accomplish standards. We view our work as a “calling” and not a “job.” We provide excellent service to all our partners professionally and respectfully, advancing toward a level of mastery in our field of work. To us, professionalism is the way we think and how we act.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We adopt best practice in research; we take ownership of our work and promptly rectify our mistakes to the greatest extent possible. We deeply value our staff and partners’ ability to honour commitments. At the core of accountability, therefore, is reliability and personal responsibility.
CREATIVITY: We encourage innovation, critical thinking, flexibility, and adaptability in our approaches to our work.
EXCELLENCE: We are committed to developing a range of resources and strategies designed to improve the highest level of quality services possible to the research community that positions the University’s research program for a successful future. As a result, we seek to recruit, train, and retain top talent required to produce high-quality research and policy information.
COMMUNICATION: As a research institute, we are open to communication. We are curious and ask clarifying questions in the quest for a clearer understanding of a project at hand to attain resourceful solutions. We encourage engagement, open conversations and feedback from our partners and the public for improvement.
CONFIDENTIALITY: Respecting everyone’s privacy is very important to us. As a professional institution, we keep personal details and information about our partners and staff safe and secured.
HONESTY: Strong relationships are built on honesty and integrity; therefore, we demonstrate truthfulness with all of our partners to maintain a long-lasting work relationship. We are transparent in all our interactions with partners and colleagues.
TEAMWORK: We believe in commitment and working efficiently and cooperatively together to achieving a common goal. The unique team of researchers with complementary knowledge and skills strengthens the quality of our work at the institute.