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.

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.

A Place in the World

A Place in the World

At Morrison Institute for Public Policy, a research center within Arizona State University's Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, we combine academic rigor with the goal of informing real community change.

Prop 207

Understanding Proposition 207
The Smart and Safe Arizona Act (Proposition 207) proposes to legalize and regulate the production, sale, possession, and consumption of recreational marijuana. A ballot measure first legalized medical use of marijuana in 1996, but decisions by the state legislature and the governor, in effect, maintained prohibition. Another successful ballot initiative in 2010 established the current medical marijuana program. In 2016, voters rejected a recreational marijuana initiative with 51% against.

Prop 208

Understanding Proposition 208
The Invest in Education Act (Proposition 208) would generate funds for schools by placing a 3.5% income tax surcharge on taxable individual income that is more than $250,000 for a single person (or married person filing separately) or $500,000 for a married couple (or a single person who is a head of household).

One Crisis Away

One Crisis Away: Rethinking Housing Stability for Arizonans on the Margin

COVID-19 has disrupted almost every facet of American life, but the pandemic’s economic impact has been especially challenging for some of Arizona’s renters.

Prior to COVID-19, approximately one in seven Arizonans lived in poverty, which is defined as earning less than $13,000 a year for a single adult and less than $22,000 a year for a three-person family.

COVID-19 Poll

2020: The COVID-19 Poll

The ASU Morrison Institute-Arizona Republic COVID-19 Poll is a census-balanced poll of Arizonans, regardless of their voter registration status. Morrison Institute fielded this poll in order to elevate the perspectives of all Arizonans to inform policy discourse and decision making.

The Morrison Institute analysis is available below.

Arizona Community Foundation

Services that Help Reduce or Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

This brief, prepared as part of Morrison Institute for Public Policy's Spotlight on Arizona’s Kids project, outlines evidence-based services that help reduce or prevent child abuse and neglect, including home visiting, parent education, domestic violence services, and substance abuse treatment.

Gila River flowing at Winkelman Flats, Arizona

Lessons from the Past: What Changes to Arizona’s Adjudication and Surface Water Statutes Will Survive Constitutional Review?

In 1995, the Arizona Legislature amended the state's adjudication statutes and other statutes that underlie surface water rights in Arizona. Those amendments led to five years of legal challenges that all but derailed the adjudication proceedings. In the end, the state Supreme Court ruled that most of the amendments were unconstitutional.

Firearms Report

Firearm Deaths in Arizona, 2015-2017

The purpose of this report is to provide descriptive statistics about firearm deaths in Arizona from 2015 to 2017. Morrison Institute for Public Policy partnered with the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety (CVPCS) to compile, analyze and report on all firearm deaths in a three-year period.

Hispanics AZ Now

Arizonans Speak: Hispanic Arizona Now

Nine-hundred and seventy-five Arizonans, registered and non-registered voters, were polled on subjects that matter to them most. Hispanic and rural residents were oversampled to gain greater understanding of the needs of Arizona.

The following is a summary of the differences by Hispanic and non-Hispanic respondents.