Meet The Sycamore Institute!
Founded in 2015 as a new initiative of the Healing Trust, the Sycamore Institute is an independent, statewide, nonpartisan public policy center for Tennessee. The organization’s core mission is to provide accessible, reliable data and research in pursuit of sound, sustainable public policies for the state. Over the last year, the Institute has hired its first three staff members, recruited its bipartisan board, and developed its first theory of change to guide the work over the next three years.
As a reflection of its commitment to a vision of a thriving Tennessee whose top priority is the health and well-being of all its citizens, the Sycamore Institute launched with two key areas of focus: state budget and health policy.
Where do state budget and health policy meet?
Health and well-being are complex issues that demand significant public and private resources to build and maintain. In Tennessee, healthcare and education are the state’s top two budget priorities, meaning they are two issues Tennessean policy makers take very seriously when designing and approving the state’s annual budget. The Sycamore Institute is dedicated to understanding and explaining the state budget and existing and proposed laws that impact the health and well-being of Tennesseans. This information will enable citizens, policymakers, non-profit agencies, foundations, media outlets, service providers and others to better understand the fiscal and human impact of pending policies, giving them a non-partisan and informed stake in the process and the outcomes.
The Sycamore Institute welcomes your participation and input in their process. Please connect with them to learn more and get involved.