Welcome to the Public Policy Research Center!

Celebrating 25 Years as St. Louis's Preeminent Applied  Research Resource!

The Public Policy Research Center engages the University of Missouri - St. Louis in the metropolitan community through its work with civic, governmental, non profit, and other agencies, as well as with individuals. We invite you to explore our website to learn about the diverse services, programs, opportunities and expertise offered by the Public Policy Research Center.

In Memorium:

Donald Phares, a key figure in PPRC's history and work, died on June 27, 2015.  Please visit our memorial page to read about Don's life, work and important contributions. He will be missed by all.  »Keep reading

What's New at PPRC?

Eliminating Racial Income Gaps Would Boost the St. Louis Economy by $14 billion

The Public Policy Research Center has compiled An Equity Assessment of the St. Louis Region. This report examines an array of economic and social indicators that include income, education, job and GDP growth, and housing conditions.  »Learn more

Fragmented by Design - now available digitally

Political scientist Terry Jones has often been asked why St. Louis has so many governments. He wrote a book to explore the question and its many answers.  Available digitally here only. »Download now

Two new Metropolitan Mirror publications: 

The Implications of Education and Race on  St. Louis MSA Employment Rates, and Manufacturing as an Indictor of the St. Louis MSA Economy and Development »Learn more about both

ARC releases report series exploring taxation and other municipal government functions

In response to a request by the Joint Interim Committee on St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area Governance and Taxation, the Applied Research Collaborative has released a series of four reports that explore how county and city governments and other political subdivisions work.  >See Reports

Explaining Ferguson Through Race and Place

UMSL's Todd Swanstrom contributes to a  "slow debate" sponsored by New York University's Furman Center that explores the causes and consequences of racial and economic segregation in neighborhoods and schools.  >Learn more.

Rebound Neighborhoods in Older Industrial Cities: The Case of St. Louis

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The turmoil in Ferguson, Mo shines new attention on the importance of understanding neighborhood dynamics. Our new report identifies neighborhoods in the St. Louis region that have bounced back from urban decline and sheds light on the dynamics that have contributed to their success. >Read more.

MO Civic Health Index

Mo Civic Health Report

PPRC partnered with five other universities and the National Conference on Citizenship to create this comprehensive report. Using data from the US Census Bureau’s annual Current Population Survey, the report examines the civic health of the state of Missouri, as well as its two largest metropolitan areas, Kansas City and St. Louis. Civic health is measured using four broad categories, each of which contains multiple indicators. »See key findings and download the full report.

Searching for Usable Pasts

Usable Pasts

In his opening presentation at the recent St. Louis Metromorphosis conference, author William Barnes explored the idea of the usable history --- stories and analyses about the past that consciously or implicitly shape or support our views about current affairs and our visions of what the future could be. »Learn more

Statewide Homelessness Study 2013:
Homelessness in Missouri

The 2013 Missouri Statewide Homelessness Study reports data on the 2011-2012 biennial period. The study also examines trends over the 2007-2012 period and assesses change over time.  The trend data shows three key changes over the past half-decade, including an increase in the number of homeless persons in Missouri.  »Download the report here. 

A White Paper based on the findings of the St. Louis County Children's Services Fund
2012 Needs Assessment
»Download the White Paper here
»Learn More about this Project