Building Stronger Regions through Innovation and Collaboration

The Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) at Northern Illinois University provides expertise that helps decision-makers implement efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to economic, social, and information management issues.

You can find examples of CGS services within our five practice areas below:

Association Management

Association Management services offer administrative and financial support for organizations serving the public. CGS services are a cost-effective solutions to core association needs.

Community, Workforce and Economic Development

Community, Workforce, and Economic Development works with local, state, and federal agencies to create an attractive local and regional investment environment, present a strong case for attracting or retaining businesses, and determine the impact of development and policy changes.

Health and Technology Engagement

Health and Technology Engagement assists in implementing federal and state healthcare initiatives in Illinois by linking providers with resources through partnerships, access to subject matter experts, funding, and other tools.


Informatics team members design, build, manage, and mine databases of all sizes to support public organizations in their problem-solving and decision-making. Customized program management tools are easy to use and visually dynamic.

Public Management and Training

Public Management and Training offers services for units of local government, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. We support public administrators, policy makers, and elected officials through leadership training, strategic planning, and specialized programing.

Survey Research

The Survey Research team offers a full range of survey research services, all of which may be customized depending on the clients’ requirements. Our professional researchers work with clients to design projects that provide actionable information to meet their organization's needs.