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The Institute for Policy & Social Research brings together social scientists from a broad range of disciplines to pursue and conduct sponsored research at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels. IPSR affiliated faculty represent disciplines such as economics, education, environmental studies, geography, political science, public administration, social welfare, sociology, and urban planning.

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Heartland project featured in The Kansas City Star

Alesha Doan, KU associate professor of political science and in the School of Public Affairs and Administration along with Juliana Carlson, assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare, and Natabhona Mabachi, a research assistant professor of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center were featured in The Kansas City Star for their work on the Heartland Sexual Assualt Policies & Prevention project. Read the article at the link below.
Link(s): http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article103288477.html

IPSR publishes 50th edition of Kansas Statisical Abstract

For a half-century, one report has provided invaluable social and economic data that has aided Kansans in promoting and governing their communities. The Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas in September published the 50th edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract, which contains a wide variety of statistical data broken down by state, county and city. Read the full press release at the link below.
Link(s): http://news.ku.edu/2016/08/30/ku-ipsr-publishes-50th-edition-kansas-statistical-abstract

Ginther, IPSR Center Director, interviewed by KCUR

University of Kansas economist Donna Ginther made waves in 2011 with her studies showing racial disparities in research grant awards, which led the National Institutes of Health to start an initiative to address the issue. She says the problem isn't necessarily bias on the part of those who award grants but lack of mentors and training for diverse communities. Ginther recently sat down with KCUR's Alex Smith to talk about her latest work on the issue, which factors in gender. She and her colleagues looked at NIH R01 grants awarded between 2000 and 2006.
Link(s): http://kcur.org/post/kansas-economist-s-research-shows-how-race-and-gender-matter-research-grant-awards#stream/0

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Kansas Statistical Abstract 2015   
The 50th 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 http://ipsr.ku.edu/ksdata/ksah/.

The Kansas Statistical Abstract was featured in a radio spot on the Jayhawk Radio Network, tune in or click the button below to play the clip now:

Upcoming Events

2016 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Save the date! More information will be post on the conference site as it is available.


2016 GIS Day @ KU
November 16, 2016


GIS Day 2016 @ KU
GIS Day is a nationwide event to promote awareness and appreciation of geographic information system (GIS) science. Please join us in exploring how GIS is changing the way we interact with and learn from information about the world around us. This event is free and open to the public, please register online at: http://gis.ku.edu/gisday/2016/

Recent Publications

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.

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

For other publications please visit our Publications Page.


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