Public Policy Associates produces high-quality, independent reports that offer analysis and insight to help clients achieve their public policy goals. Here is a sampling:
Public Policy Associates has produced a guidebook to help states and communities develop collaborative strategies to reduce the overrepresentation of children of color in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The publication, Addressing Racial Imbalances in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Local Communities, describes lessons learned from the experience of the Michigan Coalition for Race Equity in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice and a related demonstration project in Saginaw, Michigan.
Public Policy Associates spent more than three years developing a new approach to evaluation that is culturally responsive and addresses racial equity issues. The guide, Considerations for Conducting Evaluation Using a Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Lens, provides practical insights on how to build teams and establish practices that yield greater insights and seek to ensure that programs are fair and equitable.
The Centralina Council of Governments (representing the Charlotte, North Carolina region) asked Public Policy Associates, Inc. to assess health disparities and recommend an action plan for improving the health of its residents. The study was part of the CONNECT Our Future project, which was supported by a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Community grant.
With support from Public Policy Associates, the Michigan Coalition for Race Equity in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice examined Michigan’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. PPA produced its report, Key Findings and Recommendations from the Michigan Race Equity Coalition. The document reveals disproportionate outcomes for children of color and makes recommendations for creating more equitable systems.
The National Women’s Business Council, a federal advisory council, wanted a better understanding of key factors affecting the growth of businesses owned by women. The Council asked Public Policy Associates, Inc. to conduct research centering on women business owners’ attitudes around risk tolerance, motivations, and expectations. PPA explored the attitudes and preferences of 81 women entrepreneurs through focus groups and telephone interviews in Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. PPA produced a report, Factors Influencing the Growth of Women-Owned Businesses.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has worked to eliminate the bureaucratic barriers to economic growth, while advancing its mission as a steward of the environment for the state. It retained Public Policy Associates to compare the department’s performance with similar agencies in other states, assess customer expectations and perceptions of service quality and recommend steps for making department the best Midwest agency in terms of environmental permitting and customer service. PPA used multiple methods to conduct the study and produced a report, Doing One Better: MDEQ’s Performance Improvement Efforts and Public Perceptions.
Two years before Governor Rick Snyder included economic gardening in his 2011 State of the State message, PPA began a research and development process on the strategy. One result is the report “Blueprint for Propelling a New Economic Direction for Michigan.” The report, which was used by the Governor’s economic development transition team, details the roles that government and the private sector can play in supporting the success of second-stage growth companies by developing the tools and strategies they need to prosper and expand. The 40-page report was commissioned by the Small Business Association of Michigan, a long-time PPA client.
PPA outlined avenues that can be taken to implement an economic gardening strategy in Michigan. The report provides a deeper discussion on the initiation of this new strategy, which PPA discussed in the previous publication, Propelling a New Economic Direction for Michigan.
The new report outlines in more detail the roles that government and the private sector can play in nurturing the growth of small businesses by helping them gain access to services and develop the tools and strategies they need to prosper and expand. Read Blueprint for Propelling a New Economic Direction for Michigan.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau selected Public Policy Associates, Inc. to produce a comprehensive online guide for women about the career opportunities in the emerging green economy and strategies for taking advantage of them. PPA conducted extensive research, including interviews with successful women in green careers from around the country, to produce Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career.
The Ford Foundation asked Public Policy Associates to undertake a six-year evaluation of its Lifelong Learning Accounts national demonstration project. PPA produced a series of reports providing the Ford Foundation and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, which implemented the project, with valuable information to improve the program’s effectiveness and inform discussions regarding expansion to other communities.
PPA helped with the development and implementation of the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative. In 2010, PPA produced a Progress Report for the Michigan Department of Corrections. It highlighted the changes made to support returning prisoners in becoming productive members of society after they are paroled.
PPA analyzed a proposal by the Michigan Speaker of the House for a state-government-run public employee health insurance plan. The study concluded the proposal’s claims of achieving significant cost savings through “administrative efficiencies and economies of scale” were “largely illusory.”