PPRC and Accreditation

The mission of the University of Missouri-St. Louis commits its faculty and staff to meeting the knowledge needs of metropolitan St. Louis and partnering with regional communities and institutions.

The Public Policy Research Center contributes to this mission by conducting applied research for the civic, nonprofit, and public sectors of the St. Louis area and the State of Missouri. Specifically, PPRC's role is in Criterion Five: Engagement and Service. By conducting applied research PPRC responds to the needs and expectations of its constituencies. PPRC has developed the capacity to conduct multi-disciplinary research using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. PPRC applies its expertise in service to faculty who initiate community-based projects as well as directly to community constituencies.

The following financial statement and project summary was included in the Program Audit report submitted in February 2008 for the Board of Curators review:

For the investment the University of Missouri-St. Louis makes in the Public Policy Research Center it receives direct and indirect returns. In financial terms for the $392,878 rate dollars allocated to PPRC in 2006-2007, it generated $150,559.57 in F&A funds, $85,885.60 of which was the University portion under the distribution formula used by the Office of Research Administration, a direct 'return' to the University of 21.8 percent of the rate dollars PPRC received. In addition in 2006-2007 with the $392,878 rate allocation PPRC received it generated $1,128,410 in grants and contracts for a direct value-added ratio of $2.87 for each rate dollar received from the University. Although it did not occur in the program year targeted for this report, the appointment of Todd Swanstrom to start August 15, 2008 as Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration should enhance these financial returns in the future, as well as in many other direct and indirect ways.

In the 2006-2007 fiscal year PPRC's Divisions completed the following projects and reports.

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development "Sustaining Homeownership Among Low- Moderate-Income Homebuyers: An Explanatory Analysis of the Role of Counseling," September 2006
  • Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator Juvenile Justice Information System Evaluation Final Report August 2006
  • 2003 Commercial Ratio Study of St. Louis County, published June 2007
  • 2005 Commercial Ratio Study of St. Louis County, published June 2007
  • More Than Their Fair Share: Understanding How the Age of Homes Affects Property Taxes in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, February 2007
  • Disparity of Assessment Results: Why Missouri's School Funding Formula Doesn't Add Up, October 2006
  • Missouri Job Vacancy Survey -- Kansas City and St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Areas October 2006
  • Survey of Job Openings in the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area for October 2006
  • St. Louis Lead Prevention Coalition Lead Based Paint Disclosure Survey Final Report October 2006
  • United Way Early Learning Opportunity Act Program Evaluation Final Report November 2006
  • Center for Inquiry in Science Teaching and Learning St. Louis (CISTL) Collaboration Research Final Report, May 2007
  • Father's Support Center Male Health and Wellness Initiative Evaluation Reports October 2006 and May 2007
  • Gateway Greening Community Gardens and Violent Crime Final Report June 2007
  • Gateway Greening Community Food Project 3-Year Evaluation Design October 2006
  • Logan College of Chiropractic Survey Analysis Report April 2007
  • Cochran Redevelopment PartnersÓ Cochran Gardens HOPE VI Redevelopment Project Annual Report, January 2007
  • St. Louis Housing Authority Near Southside Darst Webbe HOPE VI Community Supportive Services Plan Evaluation Final Report February 2007
  • UMSL College of Education STEP Data Analysis Report May 2007
  • Civic Progress Public Pension Funds Investment Strategy Study February 2007
  • Missouri Development Finance Board Economic Incentives Case Studies Final Report June 2007
  • The Human Development Corporation of Metropolitan St. Louis Community Needs Assessment & Program Planning Report, June 2007