The Institute for Policy & Social Research 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 six interdisciplinary research centers.

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Kansas Innovation Index turns 20

December 2018 marked the 20-year anniversary of the Kansas Innovation Index. This report, published when IPSR was known as the Institute for Public Policy and Business Research, describes and assesses the Kansas innovation economy and its potential. Based on its existing industries and educated workforce, the report finds that "Kansas has a realistic opportunity to create a competitive advantage for economic growth in high growth and high wage industries by supporting its emerging innovation economy" (v). Read the original report in its entirety at the link below:

KU center receives grant to support economic development

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration has awarded a five-year, $700,000 university center grant to the University of Kansas. Together with an equal match by KU donors and time commitments by faculty and program staff, a total of $1.4 million will be devoted to assist economic development and job retention efforts in the state. This grant, led by P.I. Wally Meyer and co-I Genna Hurd, is a collaboration between the KU Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Business and KU's Institute for Policy & Social Research, and it is one of only 40 such awards provided by the EDA to U.S. universities.

HERS student studies the environmental impacts of bison and fire on the prairie

Willow Kipp, a participant in the 2018 Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Summer Program, is studying the important role bison and fire play in sustaining the biodiversity of the Blackfeet Reservation's prairie. Her project is titled "Bison, Fire, Nitsitapii: Utilizing Innii (Bison) and Controlled Burns to Maintain Short-Mixed Grass Prairie Biodiversity within the Blackfeet Nation." Kipp presented her research during a poster session at the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research 2018 Conference in Boulder, Colorado over the summer. Read more about this work at the link below.

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Research Spotlight

Wally Meyer and Genna Hurd’s project, funded through the Economic Development Administration and matching resources from KU donors and time commitments by faculty and program staff, focuses on economic development in Kansas. This grant is a collaboration between the KU Center for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Policy and Social Research. Working cooperatively with other Regents universities and regional programs, their work will protect jobs, introduce new ventures, grow existing businesses, and provide a superior experiential education for KU students by leveraging student-staffed programs. For more information about the award, visit:

Kansas Statistical Abstract 2017   
The 52nd Edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract is now available! The abstract is available EXCLUSIVELY online as a PDF file with individual pages available in Microsoft Excel and PDF. For more information and access to the data, please visit

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Recent Events

2018 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 25, 2018

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Recent Publications

Maynard-Moody, Steven with Charles Epp and Donald Haider-Markel,“Beyond Profiling: The Institutional Sources of Racial Disparities in Policing,” Public Administration Review (forthcoming).

Maynard-Moody, Steven, “Punishing the Poor.” Book review essay, Social Service Review, vol. 90, no. 4 (Dec 2016).

Maynard-Moody, Steven with Michael Musheno, “'Playing the Rules’: Discretion Social and Policy Context”. In Peter Hupe, Michael Hill, and Aurélien Buffat, eds., Understanding Street-Level Bureaucrats (Bristol, UK: The Policy Press, 2016).

Schwarz, Corinne, Erik Unruh, Katie Cronin, Sarah Evans-Simpson, Hannah Britton, and Megha Ramaswamy. “Human Trafficking Identification and Service Provision in the Medical and Social Service Sectors.” 2016. Health and Human Rights Journal 18(1): 181-191.

Ginther, Donna K., Pat Oslund, Genna Hurd, and Xan Wedel. The Status of Women in Kansas and the Bi-State Region, sponsored by The Women's Foundation, February 2016.

Schwarz, Corinne and Hannah Britton. “Queering the Support for Trafficked Persons: LGBTQ Communities and Human Trafficking in the Heartland.” 2015. Social Inclusion 3(1): 63-75.

Weller, Travis and Allison C. Reeve. "Empirical Legal Research Support Services: A Survey of Academic Law Libraries", Law Library Journal, 107:3, 2015

Weller, Travis and Amalia Monroe-Gulick. "Differences in the Data Practices, Challenges, and Future Needs of Graduate Students and Faculty Members", Journal of eScience Librarianship, 4:1, 2015, DOI: 10.7191/jeslib.2015.1070

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