Current Research


Arizona Indicators

Arizona Indicators was launched in 2007 as an on-line resource for quality data that tracks how Arizona is doing. Coordinated by Morrison Institute, the site serves users ranging from voters and students to grant writers, policymakers, and media by providing quality facts, figures, and maps from a variety of agencies and sources. Arizona Indicators is sponsored by ASU, Arizona Community Foundation, The Arizona Republic, Valley of the Sun United Way, and the Arizona Department of Commerce.

Arizona Policy Choices (APC)

This signature Morrison Institute series covers public policy topics of importance to Arizona. Recent issues have explored topics including sustainability, how Arizona compares to other states, and the new economy and its impact on Arizona. In 2010, APC will take stock of what we have learned about decision making in Arizona and what those lesson and the times mean for public institutions in the 21st century.

Domestic Violence

As part of a multi-year research focus on domestic violence in Arizona, Morrison Institute is evaluating efforts by a volunteer group of Valley residents to develop the nation’s first grassroots “study circles” concerning domestic violence; is helping the Phoenix Police Department refocus its domestic-violence enforcement efforts, is seeking federal funding for a study of the prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault in Arizona; is applying for federal funds to research batterer treatment programs in Arizona; is assisting the Phoenix Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team; is analyzing data from Phoenix Municipal Court on suspects charged with domestic violence; and is broadening the scope of its research to consider the co-occurrence of domestic violence, child maltreatment, substance abuse, and mental illness among some of Arizona’s most troubled families.

The Future of Arizona’s State Parks

This upcoming report analyzes potential revenue options and considers the role and future of Arizona’s 30 State Parks, particularly in light of possible state trust land reform and continuing population growth. The project will culminate in recommendations for the future of the system and will generate discussion about how to preserve and utilize these state assets for the recreational enjoyment of Arizona residents and visitors and their economic benefit. With information for legislators, advocates, business leaders, mayors, and county supervisors interested in State Parks, the data in this report will inform a “blue ribbon” panel which is expected to be named by the Governor’s Office. This project is being sponsored by the independent State Parks Foundation and Arizona State Parks.

Forum 411

Arizona leaders need authoritative, challenging—yet quick and user-friendly—information about current and emerging policy issues. Forum 411, Morrison Institute’s provocative quarterly briefing series, informs opinion leaders about challenges facing the state and stimulates discussion about policy solutions. This series is sponsored by Westcor.


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