We build our understanding of the internal and external forces that influence human behavior to improve educational, behavioral, social/emotional,
and physiological outcomes.


Founded in 1960, Oregon Research Institute (ORI) is a charitable 501(c) 3 independent research center, dedicated to understanding human behavior and improving the quality of human life.  

  • Our main office is in Springfield, Oregon and we employ over 100 people nationwide.
  • Our operating budget in 2023 is $6.7 million.
  • We are funded by research grants from sources such as National Institutes of Health,  U.S. Department of Education, and National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Our research portfolio includes small developmental studies and large efficacy trials.
  • Our Researchers enjoy scientific autonomy in a collegial workplace dedicated to scientific rigor and excellence.

Collaborating Organizations

Researchers at ORI benefit from our collaboration with Influents Innovations and ORI Community and Evaluation Services.


ORI has a unique, democratically managed governance structure made up of employee committees, councils, and a Board of Directors.

Mission Statement

Oregon Research Institute is an independent behavioral sciences research center dedicated to understanding human behavior and improving the quality of human life through the prevention and treatment of health, educational, and social problems.


Values Statement

To foster physical and mental health and well-being, and a society based on equity and justice, we value:


  • Improving the quality of people’s lives through sound scientific methods and socially relevant research.
  • Independent pursuit of scientific excellence.
  • A democratic governance system that supports employee participation, open communication, teamwork, and consensus decision making.
  • Employee well-being, professional development, and a productive, enjoyable, and collegial work environment.
  • Collaboration with diverse, vulnerable populations to identify and address their needs through our research.
  • Promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism within ORI and in our broader community.
  • A clean, healthy environment created through responsible use of resources.