Morrison Institute for Public Policy is a leader in examining critical Arizona and regional issues, and is a catalyst for public dialogue. An Arizona State University resource, Morrison Institute is an independent center that uses nonpartisan research and communication outreach to help improve the state's quality of life.

Morrison Institute is part of the College of Public Programs in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Additional publications are available at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Date range of repository publications is 1992 – 2015.

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ContributorsStigler, Monica (Author) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2011-07
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Illuminates the dynamics that influence how and why parents select schools and to suggest the need for a more critical evaluation of parent choices and their implications for public school reform.

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ContributorsWhitsett, Andrea (Author) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2011-06
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Grandparents widely consider spending time with their grandchildren one of the greatest benefits of growing older, according to a 2009 survey conducted by Pew Research Center. But, what happens when circumstances necessitate that grandparents become primary caregivers for their grandchildren? At a time when non-traditional families have become ubiquitous, the

Grandparents widely consider spending time with their grandchildren one of the greatest benefits of growing older, according to a 2009 survey conducted by Pew Research Center. But, what happens when circumstances necessitate that grandparents become primary caregivers for their grandchildren? At a time when non-traditional families have become ubiquitous, the growing number of custodial grandparents and “skipped-generation families” are quietly impacting family dynamics, necessitating changes to long-standing public policies at both the federal and state level.

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ContributorsHart, William (Author) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2011-08
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Examines illegal immigration and the fact illegal crossings and apprehensions are down, giving pause to inflammatory rhetoric and possibly creating a window of opportunity for civil discourse on this especially volatile political issue.

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ContributorsMorrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2009-08
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Domestic violence is Phoenix’s most commonly reported violent crime, but many suspects’ cases are dismissed almost immediately after arrest, and many others are freed from jail without the supervision recommended by a standard risk-analysis. Risk Management reports these findings among others from analysis of data collected by Phoenix Municipal Court

Domestic violence is Phoenix’s most commonly reported violent crime, but many suspects’ cases are dismissed almost immediately after arrest, and many others are freed from jail without the supervision recommended by a standard risk-analysis. Risk Management reports these findings among others from analysis of data collected by Phoenix Municipal Court on misdemeanor domestic violence (DV) suspects booked into Maricopa County jails over two years.

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ContributorsRex, Tom R. (Author) / Arizona Indicators (Project) (Publisher) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2011-12-13
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Keying off of the “Fiscal Framework for Arizona” panel discussion at Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s recent State of Our State conference, here is an analysis of Arizona’s economic performance since the beginning of the last recession compared to previous economic cycles nationally, primarily based on earnings and employment.

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Created2011-10-12
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A state can use the arts to boost economies in a variety of ways, from incorporating arts into economic development and community development plans to supporting arts education and promoting arts assets. It takes all sectors to ensure success for our creative industries, fostering arts businesses and the benefits they

A state can use the arts to boost economies in a variety of ways, from incorporating arts into economic development and community development plans to supporting arts education and promoting arts assets. It takes all sectors to ensure success for our creative industries, fostering arts businesses and the benefits they bring for economic development. Learn more about the role of arts in Arizona's economy and the impact of recent funding cuts.

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ContributorsPowers, Jeanne M. (Author) / Topper, Amelia (Author) / Mazza, Bonnie (Author) / Silver, Michael (Author) / Williams, Tiffany (Author) / Anderson, Joy (Author) / Arizona Indicators (Project) (Publisher) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2011-08-17
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For over 15 years, interdistrict open enrollment and charter schools have allowed Arizona families to send their children to the public schools of their choice, regardless of where they reside. To better understand how parents “shop” within Arizona’s public education marketplace, this issue examines the mobility of elementary school students

For over 15 years, interdistrict open enrollment and charter schools have allowed Arizona families to send their children to the public schools of their choice, regardless of where they reside. To better understand how parents “shop” within Arizona’s public education marketplace, this issue examines the mobility of elementary school students among districts and charter schools in the Metropolitan Phoenix area.

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Created2011-07-12
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In a desert city such as Phoenix, summertime heat is a way of life, but how much does the built environment contribute to the intensity of the heat on a summer night? In urbanized Phoenix, nights don’t cool down as much as in the surrounding rural areas and on more

In a desert city such as Phoenix, summertime heat is a way of life, but how much does the built environment contribute to the intensity of the heat on a summer night? In urbanized Phoenix, nights don’t cool down as much as in the surrounding rural areas and on more and more summer nights, the official Phoenix temperature fails to drop below 90 degrees. Climate plays a huge role in the comfort and quality of life of residents, with numerous implications for tourism, energy demand, water use, and the vulnerability of low-income families.

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ContributorsGarcia, David (Author) / McIlroy, Lee (Author) / Arizona Indicators (Project) (Publisher) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2011-05-23
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The Arizona Community Foundation College Readiness Report provides a real-world indicator of how well Maricopa County high schools are preparing their graduates for postsecondary success. For the class of 2009, 76% of Maricopa County high school graduates were college-ready in English and approximately 46% were college ready in Mathematics.

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ContributorsRex, Tom R. (Author) / Arizona Indicators (Project) (Publisher) / Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Publisher)
Created2011-01-13
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Despite all of the spending reductions, fund transfers, and other techniques used to balance the budget in the preceding few years, Arizona’s general fund faces a massive deficit. This issue of Policy Points poses an important question: Are you content with the historically low expenditures being made from the general

Despite all of the spending reductions, fund transfers, and other techniques used to balance the budget in the preceding few years, Arizona’s general fund faces a massive deficit. This issue of Policy Points poses an important question: Are you content with the historically low expenditures being made from the general fund and satisfied that the current low level of public services will be permanent?