Institute for Policy & Social Research

IPSR is a faculty-driven research center supporting social scientists who focus on social problems and policy-relevant questions. IPSR fosters independent researchers and collaborative teams within our network of faculty affiliates and seven interdisciplinary research centers.

Visit the IPSR Data Library!

Visit the IPSR Data Library for resources like the Kansas Statistical Abstract, the Kansas Regional Data Portal, and more. Contact us if you have questions about these applications. 

Research Spotlight: The Cost of Not Expanding Medicaid

Kansans are spending more state resources on Medicaid, health care spending is increasing at a faster rate, and employee premiums for health care are increasing faster in Kansas than in states that expanded Medicaid. This research was sponsored by REACH Health Foundation.
Kansas in stone with moss


 As climate change causes extreme temperatures, droughts, poor air quality, flooding and sea level rise, health outcomes for people living in affected areas suffer.

Purple tree blocking the KU Campanile from a distance

Tulsa may not be the first town one thinks of when talking about jazz, and flood management may not be the first vocation one compares to the musical genre. But the success Tulsa displayed in going from one of the nation’s most flood-prone cities to a nationally recognized model of long-term risk reduction in just two decades is analogous to the evolution of one of the most American styles of music, a University of Kansas professor points out in a new study.


Blake Hall close-up, Fraser reflected in windows

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