NH Public Policy
New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies

History of the Center

Established in 1996 as an Independent Non-Profit

The Center was created in 1996 through the efforts of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Municipal Association, Chubb Life Insurance Company of America, and the University of New Hampshire. The Center was established as an independent non-profit organization with its own Board of Directors, and originally drew administrative support from the University of New Hampshire. In 2004, the Center and the University amicably ended their administrative affiliation.

The Center remained a lean organization, to allow it to remain flexible and responsive to state policy needs. Growth in the organization from a single founding executive director to as many as six staff members and a number of independent contractors was at one time made possible by increased and continuing support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, a growing group of individual donors who valued the Center’s work, and state and national foundations which sponsored research on a variety of topics.

Research Focus of the NHCPPS

The Center’s initial research projects related to public school funding, the state budget process, the flow of federal funds to our state, and the implementation of a new form of local governance known as “Senate Bill 2.” Since that time, the Center adjusted its focus to address emerging policy questions across the state, such as state corrections system effectiveness, education adequacy and funding, school drop-outs, the effect of allowing casino gambling, and the state retirement system.


In February, 2018, the Center's Board of Directors announced that after more than 20 years, the Center would cease operation. The decision was made by the board after several months spent weighing options for the Center’s continued viability. Though the need for its objective perspective was as evident as ever, the board found it increasingly difficult to attract the financial resources necessary to continue its mission.