The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service embodies the University of Virginia's commitment to serve the people of the Commonwealth. The Center's mission is to anticipate and forecast change and to serve as a resource to those who need to recognize and address that change.The Center traces its ancestry to the Bureau of Public Administration, created at the University in 1931. The Center's mission is pursued through the provision of policy analysis, applied research, technical assistance, leadership development, survey research, consultation, and training for state and local officials, community leaders, as well as members of the general public.The Center's 60 member staff includes experts in public policy and management, leadership, demographics, economics and finance, politics, organizational development, survey research, workforce issues and experiential education.