When Research Gets Misused

There’s a comic that illustrates a phenomenon known all too well by researchers – the tendency for the complex findings of rigorous studies to be boiled down to facile comments about what is or is not true. Press releases and the media seek to pull complex findings together into sound bites that can impact a …

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Independent Streams (Week of April 17)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems In Richmond, High Number Of Homicides Go Unsolved (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate David Carter talks homicide investigation practices in Richmond, Virginia. Few Democratic Voters Back Syria Bombings. So Why Do So Many Democrats In Congress? (link is external) IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann discusses foreign …

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Independent Streams (Week of April 10)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Border Tax Could Add $2,500 To Price Of Car Or Truck (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Charles Ballard comments on potential consequences of a border tax. Political Corruption Knows No Party, History Shows (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Eric Freedman discusses historical political corruption. Michigan …

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Independent Streams (Week of March 27)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems 6 Ways Trump’s Budget Cuts Hurt All Americans (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Charles Ballard comments on the new presidential administration’s budget release. Analysis: A-F Grades For Schools A Tough Sell In Legislature (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Josh Cowen discusses the possibility of giving …

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Independent Streams (week of March 20)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems An Import Tax Could Raise Car Prices By Thousands (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Charles Ballard discusses potential effects of an import tax. Jack Lessenberry: Detroit’s Comeback May Be A Bit Overstated (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Laura Reese’s research on Detroit’s comeback is discussed …

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Independent Streams (week of March 13)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems MSU Education Professor Calls For Action To Help Detroit Schools (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate David Arsen creates video brief outlining how best to help Detroit schools. Schools Probably Won’t Be Impacted If Lansing Becomes Sanctuary City, Expert Says (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Kristi …

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Transgender Rights vs “Restroom Safety” in Education

The Trump administration has reversed transgender protections that allowed individuals in public schools to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity rather than their biological sex. It seems there are several misunderstandings surrounding the issue of transgender experiences. This post will attempt to mediate the disagreement with available evidence.   Misunderstanding 1: The difference …

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Let This Be the Beginning of a Trend

There is reason to be excited in the world of early childhood education. This blog has previously explored topics highlighting the importance and strong support for investing in early childhood education. Soon, the New Mexico Legislature will be voting on a constitutional amendment that would create a new funding source to support the state’s early …

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Where Policy is Made: The State Budget Process

Each year around early February, after months of exhaustive work and late nights at the office, the State Budget Office releases the Governor’s Executive Budget Recommendation, formally kicking off Michigan’s annual budget process. And though it may seem that excitement surrounding the release of an appropriations document might be reserved to the number-crunching cubicle-dwelling bureaucrats …

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Independent Streams (week of February 20)

Problems How The Fed Can Maintain Its Independence (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Lisa Cook discusses the future of the Federal Reserve System’s independence. $94 Million Millage Proposal May Be A Tough Sell (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Josh Cowen comments on school of choice and school competitiveness. Michigan Expert Urges Continued Education Advocacy Following …

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Independent Streams (week of February 13)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems ‘Children Are Not Blueberries’ What A Trump/DeVos Administration Would Mean For Local Schools (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate David Arsen discusses the potential impact of a DeVos nomination on school funding. Black History Month: MSU Scholar Explores Impacts Of Oppression On U.S. Innovation (link is …

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Independent Streams (Week of February 6)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems Republican-Led Michigan Grapples With Uncertainty About Medicaid Expansion (link is external) IPPSR policy forum panelist and former Michigan Medicaid Director Steve Fitton talks Medicaid Expansion’s uncertain future. In Bid To Eliminate Michigan Income Tax, Fears Of Another Kansas (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Charles Ballard …

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Independent streams (Week of January 30)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems Michigan’s Stumbling Middle Class (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Charles Ballard, director of the State of the State Survey, discusses a stagnating economy and persistent income inequality in Michigan with Bridge Magazine. Teacher Applicants Not Meeting State Expectations (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Sarah Reckhow …

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Independent Streams (week of January 23)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems Betsy DeVos’ Accountability Problem (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate David Arsen comments on charter school organization in light of President Donald Trump’s pro-charter school education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Senate Hearing, DeVos Shows Ignorance Central Debate Over How To Measure Schools (link is external) IPPSR …

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Independent Streams (week of January 16)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems Which Michigan Counties Are Most Vulnerable If Obamacare Is Repealed (link is external) Recent analysis by Bridge Magazine highlights Michigan counties which would be most affected by repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Survey: Government Trust Levels Low (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Charles Ballard …

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Independent Streams (Week of December 19)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Great Lakes Greatly Stressed (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Eric Freedman pens article on threats to the Great Lakes, near and far away. State Taps Unemployment Insurance Fund To Balance Books (link is external) MPLP Alumni and House Minority Leader Tim Greimel criticized a recent …

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Independent Streams (Week of December 5)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Long-Haul Charters (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Joshua Cowen discusses charter school performance. Michigan Court Upholds Penalty For Filling Wetland (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Eric Freedman pens article on disappearing wetlands in Michigan. New Study Shows A Much Darker Side To Detroit’s Vaunted Comeback …

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The Day Education Failed

For decades now, public discussion about education has been erroneously fixated on economics. Schools, the argument goes, are critical for the development of human capital. Their most important function is to create a highly skilled workforce which can in turn produce economic growth, international competitiveness, and individual prosperity.  This is the economic imperative of education. …

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Independent Streams (week of November 7)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Assault Weapon Ban Bill ‘Dead On Arrival’ Michigan Republican Says (link is external) MPLP alumni and State Sen. Ken Horn offers criticism on recent assault weapon ban bill. Mich. Educators Grapple With How Best to Close Computer Literacy Gap in Schools (link is external) MPLP …

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Independent Streams (Week of October 24)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems Getting Names Right: It’s Personal (link is external) IPPSR affiliated faculty member Dustin Carnahan is quoted about a new book written by Michigan State University students. The Most and Least Empathetic Countries in the World (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate William Chopik discusses his new …

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Independent Streams (Week of October 17)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Seven Results of the Charter-School Revolution (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Sarah Reckhow finds shifts in educational philanthropic funding to conventional school districts in new research. Legacy Costs Tough for Michigan Local Governments: Part One – Introduction to Legacy Costs (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate …

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Independent Streams (Week of October 10)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Michigan Advocates Seek Explicit Right To Education (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate David Arsen to speak on education as a constitutional right at upcoming education forum. School Of Choice Not Right Choice For Our Kids (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Joshua Cowen speaks on the …

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Independent Streams (Week of September 12)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Inside Detroit’s Radical Experiment To Save Its Public Schools (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate David Arsen comments on the chaotic state of Detroit’s schools. Wells Fargo To Pay $185 Million Following False Accounts Scandal (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Lisa Cook discusses alarming trends in …

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Independent Streams (Week of August 22nd)

IOur weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Singer To Donate Proceeds From Upcoming Detroit Concert To Processing Untested Rape Kits (link is external) Erykah Badu donated the proceeds from her Aug. 12 concert to help ease Detroit’s backlog of rape kits. IPPSR affiliate Rebecca Campbell was pivotal in the reform of Detroit’s …

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Independent Streams (Week of August 15th)

Independent Streams (Week of August 15th) | IPPSR Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Flint Poisonings Haunt Mayor Whose Town Faces Michigan Takeover (link is external) Wayne, Michigan is a small suburb of Detroit that may soon fall under emergency management. IPPSR affiliate Eric Scorsone comments on the policy-related and economic …

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Independent Streams (Week of August 1st)

Independent Streams (Week of August 1st) | IPPSR Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Missing In Action: Michigan’s Primary Voters (link is external) Michigan’s State House primary election takes place on Tuesday, August 2. IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann talks about the importance of voting despite historically low turnout in local elections. …

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Independent Streams (Week of July 25th)

Independent Streams (Week of July 25th) | IPPSR Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems How Much Does a Stable Home Affect A Child’s Education (link is external) IPPSR affiliate Joshua Cowen speaks to Michigan Radio about his new study that examines Michigan’s homeless student population. Why Clinton And Trump Backers Don’t …

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Independent Streams (Week of July 18th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems What Is Second Rape And What Can We Do About It? (link is external) Vice President Joe Biden recently spoke about ending violence against women and the stigma of sexual assault. IPPSR affiliate Rebecca Campbell’s research on violence against women is cited. The Missing Link …

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Independent Streams (Week of July 11th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems  This Could Be a Completely Different Strategy for Tackling the World’s Carbon Emissions (link is external) A new study suggests that reducing carbon emissions can be made more efficient by targeting plants that produce a greater share of emissions first. IPPSR affiliate Tom Dietz comments …

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Independent Streams (Week of July 4th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Here’s What the NY Times Got Wrong On Detroit Public Schools (link is external) The Mackinac Center for Public Policy responds to a recent New York Times article on Detroit Schools. The Great Lakes Education Project, whose CEO is a previous Forum Speaker, is cited. …

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Independent Streams (Week of June 27th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Flint Water Crisis: What’s Behind Civil Suit Against Three Companies? (link is external) IPPSR affiliate Eric Scorsone comments on the political implications of Flint and the continuing debate over who is responsible for the crisis. Booming Again: West Michigan’s Economy Is On A Roll (link …

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IPPSR Develops List of Policy-Related data.michigan.gov Datasets

Want to learn about environmental contamination, Michigan school locations, or concealed weapons permits? The State of Michigan makes many datasets publicly available for public use. Using data.michigan.gov (link is external), IPPSR has created a list of datasheets potentially useful for policy research and analysis. All datasets have an API making it easy for anyone to access …

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Independent Streams (Week of June 20th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Tri-Counties Want To Make The State Focus On Mid-Michigan (link is external) IPPSR affiliate Eric Scorsone comments on the importance of creating policies to draw businesses and people to the Lansing area. Cities Need Basic Services For Economic Growth, Not Flashy Gimmicks, Experts Say (link …

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Independent Streams (Week of June 13th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Plight of Michigan’s Homeless Students Deserves Attention(link is external) (link is external) IPPSR affiliate Joshua Cowen’s research highlights unique challenges faced by homeless students in Michigan Can Cormorants Help Control Great Lakes Invaders?(link is external) (link is external) IPPSR affiliate Eric Freedman writes about the interaction between …

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Randomized Controlled Trials of Public Policy

At IPPSR, we are underway building a comprehensive database full of policy-relevant research. A large focus of the database is to find randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of public policy experimentation. These studies enable causal inference by randomly assigning a policy intervention to some people or areas and comparing the results to a control group. So far, …

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