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Established in 1995 by a generous gift from the Walter S. and Evan C. Jones Trust, the Jones Policy Center directs all policy work by and for the Jones Institute, contracts with professionals to conduct studies, and collaborates with other policy centers in the United States. The center also directs the publication and distribution of the conducted studies and the publicity surrounding them.
The primary objective of the policy center is to positively impact education in Kansas by assisting policy makers to make accurate and informed decisions on Kansas education issues.
Policy work has been a function of the Jones Institute since 1990, when Dr. Jack Skillet and Dr. Stuart Ervay authored a study entitled "Kansas Education: Goals and Reform Initiatives for the 1990's." Since the fall of 1992, one of the responsibilities of the Jones Distinguished University Professor each year has been to author at least one policy study.