David Eccles School of Business

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute serves Utah by preparing economic, demographic and public policy research that helps the state prosper. We are Utah’s demographic experts, leaders on the Utah economy, and specialists on public policy and survey research. We are an honest broker of INFORMED RESEARCH, which guides INFORMED DISCUSSIONS, and leads to INFORMED DECISIONS™.

Our Mission: Develop and share economic, demographic, and public policy research that sheds light and helps people make INFORMED DECISIONS™.

We also assist the David Eccles School of Business create value for students and the community, offer premier experiences, and provide thought leadership through innovative research and discovery.

 Our Vision: Be Utah’s preeminent public policy institute and a vital gathering place for policy leadership and thoughtful discourse that helps our community prosper.

We also support our institutional home, the David Eccles School of Business, achieve its vision of becoming a top 25 business school in the country, and partner with the College of Social and Behavioral Science in inspiring human solutions to life’s challenges.

Here are some examples of the services we provide:

Economics and Public Policy—Our seasoned team of economists analyzes economic impacts, prepares economic forecasts, examines tax and expenditure policies, and provides economic development advice. We are experts on the Utah economy and specialists in public policy related to regional economics, economic development, and public finance.

Demographics—Our demographers make sense of Utah’s unique demographic characteristics and interpret how they affect policy choices. We prepare the state’s official population estimates and projections and serve as the lead entity for the Census Bureau in Utah.

Survey Research—Our public-purpose surveys, focus groups, and interviews help ensure the public’s voice is heard and provide valuable insight for decision makers.

Community Engagement—Our world class venue on Salt Lake City’s premier avenue (South Temple Street) serves as an embassy of thought, ideas, and innovation. We engage the community in informed discussions about critical issues impacting our community.

Throughout our nation’s history, great American cities have turned to a trusted entity where information can be gathered, analyzed, and shared. This exchange of information provides the trusted data decision makers need to make informed decisions.