The Institute of Public Policy is a research and public service entity committed to increasing knowledge and understanding of issues facing Missouri state and local governments. It provides policy research to policymakers and conducts program evaluation and other applied research through contracts with public and non-profit entities.

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  • Social Contract, Social Construction: Children's Participation in Extra Curricular Activities and its Implications for Public Policy 

    Wagner, Amber Ann; Baker, Dana Lee (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2005-03)
    Many policies over the past twenty years have been premised on the assumption that youth participation in extra curricular activities is an effective preventative measure against social ills. Furthermore, proven participation ...
  • Measuring Nonprofit Performance and Social Need: The Application of Geographic Information Systems Technology 

    Bishop, Sheilah; Wagner, Amber Ann; Sanders, Bret (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2005-03)
    On a yearly basis, the Boone County Community Services Advisory Commission and the Office of Community Services in Columbia, Missouri, invite local nonprofit organizations to apply for potential funding assistance. In ...
  • Material Hardship Across Place 

    Mosley, Jane M.; Miller, Kathleen K. (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2005-03)
    Poster presentation of issues surrounding material hardship across place in Missouri.
  • Ethnicity, Place, and Policy: The Relationship to Childhood Obesity 

    Ulmer, Ann; Mosley, Jane M.; Richardson, Lilliard E. Jr. (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2005-03)
    Poster presentation of issues surrounding childhood obesity related to race, ethnicity, and public policy.
  • Borders, Bridges, Barriers and Brains: Stakeholder Issue Definition in Rights Based Policy Related to Autism 

    Baker, Dana Lee (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2005-03)
    Poster presentation of issues surrounding stakeholder issue definition in rights based policy related to autism.
  • A Shifting Safety Net After PRWORA? Use of Cash Assistance by Non-Citizens in Missouri 

    Mosley, Jane M.; Stokes, Shannon Daily (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2005-03)
    Poster presentation of issues surrounding the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act.
  • Safety Implications of Changing to a Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law 

    Richardson, Lilliard E. Jr. (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2001-01)
    In 1984, New York became the first state to enact a mandatory seat belt law; since then, the District of Columbia and every state except New Hampshire have adopted similar laws. Of the 49 states with seat belt laws, eight ...
  • Missouri's Senior Population: The Facts 

    Stokes, Shannon Daily (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2001-02)
    During the past century, the percentage of Americans who are age 65 years and older has more than tripled, from just over 4% of the total population in 1900 to nearly 13% of the total population in 1999. Older individuals ...
  • Improving Enforcement of Protection Orders in Domestic Violence Situations 

    Harris, Gardenia; Stokes, Shannon Daily; Richardson, Lilliard E. Jr.; Baker, Dana Lee (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2002-09)
    Domestic violence is increasingly recognized as a serious social problem in Missouri. Protection orders are designed to offer individuals some level of safety, but nationally it is estimated that a quarter of such orders ...
  • Should We Continue to Incarcerate Non-Violent Offenders? 

    Alarid, Leanne Fiftal (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2002-11)
    This brief seeks to determine what types of offenses and offenders warrant punishment in prison and what types of offenders could be penalized using a community-based sanction. As one of the most expensive forms of punishment, ...
  • Federal Election Reform Bill Will Require Action by Missouri 

    Kimball, David; Kropf, Martha (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2002-11)
    President Bush has just signed into law the “Help America Vote Act” (H.R. 3295). The bill authorizes almost $4 billion in grants to states for improvements in voting technology and election administration, and imposes ...
  • The Cost of Incarceration in Missouri and the Benefits of Sentencing Alternatives 

    Rosenfeld, Richard (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2002-12)
    Many and probably most persons sentenced to prison are not good candidates for alternative sentences, either because they pose a danger to public safety or because they committed a crime for which a prison sentence is ...
  • Immigrant Drivers: Traffic Safety, Drivers' Licenses and Homeland Security 

    Lazos, Sylvia R. (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2003-01)
    The question of who qualifies for a state drivers' license, once a mundane issue, has become the focus of national debate - state by state - in part because of homeland security concerns. In fact, 38 states, including ...
  • Children of TANF Leavers in Missouri: How Are They Faring? 

    Mosley, Jane M.; Dunton, Nancy (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2003-01)
    In 1998, Missouri was one of 14 states chosen by the Department of Health and Human Services to assess the well-being of individuals leaving cash assistance. Approximately 2400 households that left Aid to Families with ...
  • How Can Missouri Protect the Best Interests of the Child When a Parent is Incarcerated? 

    Janku, Anne Dannerbeck (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2003-10)
    This brief builds upon information presented to and gathered by the Missouri Children's Services Commission to assess the impact of parental incarceration on both their children and society as a whole. The first section ...
  • Representation in State Legislatures 

    Richardson, Lilliard E. Jr. (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2003-11)
    In Summer 2003, the Institute of Public Policy conducted a mail survey of state legislators to determine how legislators feel about constituency service and the use of technology, whether they believe email has a positive ...
  • The Food Safety Net After Welfare Reform: Use of Private and Public Food Assistance in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area 

    Mosley, Jane M.; Tiehen, Laura (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2003-12)
    This study uses a unique database of clients of private food providers in the Kansas City metropolitan area to document the use of private food assistance from January 1998 to May 2001. We show that, while the use of private ...
  • Representation in State Legislatures: A Focus on Missouri 

    Richardson, Lilliard E. Jr.; Ulmer, Ann (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2004-02)
    In Summer 2003, the Institute of Public Policy conducted a mail survey of state legislators in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and South Dakota. We found that the number ...
  • New Approaches to Incarceration in Missouri 

    Morrow, Sarah (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2004-02)
    Pressure for revisions in Missouri's sentencing laws has been increasing, fueled by analyses of the severity of those laws, by the examination of alternatives to sentencing, and by the escalating cost of incarceration. The ...
  • A Preliminary Evaluation of the Missouri Family Development Training and Credentialing Program (MOFDC) 

    Mosley, Jane M.; Smith, Deborah B. (University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy, 2004-02)
    In this brief, we present preliminary findings from a quantitative evaluation of the Missouri Family Development Training and Credentialing Program (MO FDC). The MO FDC is designed to reorient human service practice to ...

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