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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.

The Fall 2014 Applied Research Seminar Series has Ended - View Slideshows from Past Presentations

The series has wrapped up for the season, but stay tuned for news about what's coming in the spring. In the meantime you can view past presentations here.

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, authoer 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. 

Recently Published:

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


New on Metropolitan Mirror:

Employment by Occupation and Industry for Greater St. Louis: 2007-2011
This employment data for the Greater St. Louis area was analyzed by region, county and zip code for the years 2007 - 2011   »More  

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Where St. Louis Ranks: Rental Housing Conditions, 2009 and 2011
The St. Louis metropolitan area had a median gross rent of about $766  in 2009 and 722 dollars in 2011, adjusted for inflation.  Learn how this compares to similar metropolitan regions »More

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