Research

Morrison Institute is a leading resource for relevant research, analysis and policy choices of public value. Recent research reports are listed below. More Morrison Institute research reports are available in the Arizona State University archives.


Concerns about Extreme Heat

Are State and Local Policies Addressing Community Concerns about Extreme Heat?

Morrison Institute for Public Policy and Guinn Center for Policy Priorities examined what challenges from extreme heat were exposed or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic in Phoenix and Las Vegas.

The research looks at policies and programs that have helped address these heat challenges and how public policy can enhance adaptive capacity to extreme heat.


Voting rates at ASU

What drives civically engaged student voters

Voting rates among Arizona State University (ASU) students have increased since 2012. Still, young people tend to vote at lower rates than older individuals, and this is especially true in the United States. ASU’s student population is no exception.




Mesa Residents’ Perceptions of the Mesa Police Department and Community Safety

To help the Mesa Police Department understand Mesa residents’ current perceptions of policing in the community and attitudes toward potential reforms, a live telephone interview survey was conducted of Mesa residents.


Cover of The Myth of Safe-Yield

The Myth of Safe-Yield: Pursuing the Goal of Safe-Yield Isn't Saving Our Groundwater
Forty years after the passage of the Groundwater Management Act, we are at a crossroads between success and not good enough.


Housing is Health Care

Housing is Health Care

This study examines how housing and in-home supports affect public spending on individuals with chronic mental illness in Maricopa County, Arizona.

It does so through a comparative analysis of average costs per person per year across three housing settings: permanent supportive housing, housing with unknown in-home support, and chronic homelessness.


Building Arizona

Building Arizona

Arizonans are facing a growing problem: low- and middle-income rental housing has become increasingly unaffordable and scarce in one of the nation’s fastest-growing states. Rent increases have far outpaced inflation and wage growth. This surge in rental prices puts low- and middle-income renters at risk, and many Arizona renters have struggled to keep up.


Ten Tenets of Water Equity

Ten Tenets of Water Equity

Water is the foundation of public health, economic opportunity, unique natural areas and quality of life in any community.

Much attention has been paid to the sustainable management of water supplies, as well as the responsible investment in the infrastructure that supports the delivery of safe, clean water.


Adverse Childhood Experiences

Cost of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Arizona

For more than 20 years, researchers and public health officials have studied the impact of adversity on the growth and development of children. Two decades of research has shown that early childhood adversity can increase the risk of experiencing negative health outcomes later in life.


Family First Prevention Services

The Family First Prevention Services Act

Policy changes rarely overhaul government systems. But recently the child welfare system experienced a policy shift that will significantly change the way child welfare operates in the United States.


Return to Watering the Sun Corridor

Return to Watering the Sun Corridor

A lot has flowed under the bridge since the Morrison Institute issued Watering the Sun Corridor in August of 2011. That report was an attempt to explain to a general audience how the water systems of urban Arizona work, and how those systems could support a large population.

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