We strive for our work to be relevant, clear, and purpose-driven. We want to know the value that people find in working with us. We want to live up to that value and incorporate it in every project we undertake. Simply put, we want our work to matter. 

Adam Ashley and Tarina Ahuja, Founders of the Greater Good Initiative

Impact Stories

Through these stories, discover how individuals have used what they learned through our leadership development programs and public impact research to enrich and expand their own work in public service.

Cooper Center Impact Report cover

Impact Report

Explore our most recent impact report to learn more about how we have made a difference across the Commonwealth through our partnerships and our work with individuals, communities, organizations and localities.

Kim Dinh, Center for Survey Research intern

Student Intern Stories

Discover what our students have to say about completing hands-on, policy-relevant internships in public service, both within the Center and in organizations across the Commonwealth.


Racial Dot Map Inspires Conversations about Equity

Over 1,000 testimonials from users across the U.S. revealed that the dot map has been instrumental in helping people understand and talk about race issues.

Sorensen Alum Found the Greater Good Initiative

Inspired by their experience in the Sorensen Institute High School Leaders Program, these alum founded a youth-led policy think tank.

Students Contribute to Public Service Work

UVA undergraduate students help build an interactive dashboard to show Virginia’s progress in reaching its clean energy goals.

Cooper Center Helps Virginia Reach Clean Energy Goals

UVA's Energy Transition Initiative is conducting research to inform Virginia's policy makers as they navigate the path to carbon neutrality by 2050.