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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.


What's New at PPRC?

Book Signing and Launch Party

Left Bank Books presents a launch party for the 5th Edition of St. Louis Currents on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m.  This edition features an essay written by PPRC's Mark Tranel, about education trends for kids living at poverty level.  Learn more here.


Property Pile-up Post Housing Crisis

PPRC's Todd Swanstrom was quoted in an STL Today article about the pile up of properties in St. Louis following the housing crisis. Read the article here.


New on Metropolitan Mirror: Opportunity Through Public Investments

Recent policy changes by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could be a powerful impetus to evaluate how public investments in affordable housing are furthering, or limiting, equity in the St. Louis region.  A prelude to understanding this is to understand our region’s current pattern of public investments. Findings are detailed in this Metropolitan Mirror release. » Read it here.


New Publication - Critical Issues Analysis

What were the teachers’ reactions to the school transfer program in St. Louis?  Did teachers in different settings react differently to the policy-driven program?  Did teachers’ attitudes toward the policy itself make a difference in their workplace attitudes? Deborah Balser has written an analysis.  Read the Executive Summary here. 



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.



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.