Research activities of the Center are an important aspect of our mission. We seek out and engage in applied policy research on a myriad of policy topics that affect local and state government in particular. Among the research topics that faculty have examined are economic development, information technology policy, concentrated poverty, budgeting and finance, criminal justice, and discriminatory lending practices.
Recently Completed Reports
The Center has recently released a report analyzing the consolidation of Summit Countyâ€™s Public Health Departments into a single agency: Summit County Public health (SCPH). The Akron Health Department, Barberton Health Department, and the Summit County Health District became one organization on January 1, 2011. The Centerâ€™s analysis focused on the challenges, opportunities, and outcomes of the consolidation one year later.
Kent State Universityâ€™s Center for Public Policy and Health has released recommendations for public health leaders who are implementing local health department consolidations. These recommendations are based on the Center's report, "Consolidating Health Departments in Summit County, Ohio: A One Year Retrospective".
Improving Public Health in Portage County
Ken Slenkovich, JoAnne Boulter, and Aimee Budnik
: February 2012
EfficientGovNow 1.0 Project Case Studies - Summary Report
John Hoornbeek, Ph.D., Tegan Beechey, MPA, Heather Sell, BFA
Building E-Government Capacities Survey - Final Report
Kent Sowards, MBA, Ph.D. Candidate, Brian Kelley, MPA, John Hoornbeek, Ph.D.
Sustainable Infrastructure in Shrinking Cities - Options for the Future
John Hoornbeek Ph.D. and Terry Schwarz, Senior Planner
Prepared: July 2009
Water Resource Management in Northeast Ohio: Opportunities for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Economic Growth
Authors: John Hoornbeek, Ph.D. & Holly Burnett-Hanley
Prepared: June 2008
Is There a Capital Gap?: An Assessment of Credit and Financing Among Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Firms in Northeast Ohio
Author: Mark Cassell, Ph.D.
Prepared: June 2006
Environmental Policy Integration: A New Approach for the Environment
Author: John Hoornbeek, Ph.D.
Prepared: April 2006
Economic Enterprise Zones
Author: Mark Cassell, Ph.D.
Prepared: October 2003
All Eight EGN 1.0 Project Case Studies in one Document
John Hoornbeek, Ph.D., Tegan Beechey, MPA, Tom Pascarella, Ph.D., Matt Flemming, BS, Kerry Macomber, MPA
Measuring Water Quality Improvements: TMDL Implementation Progress, Indicators, and Tracking
John Hoornbeek, Ph.D., Evan Hansen, M.S., Anne Hereford, M.S., Josh Filla, and Sayantani Satpathi
Local Government Collaborations in Ohio: Are We Walking the Walk or Just Talking the Talk
John Hoornbeek Ph.D., Kerry Macomber, MPA, Melissa Phillips and Sayantani Satpathi, Graduate Research Assistants
Prepared: December 2009
Implementing Total Maximum Daily Loads: Understanding and Fostering Successful Results
John Hoornbeek, Ph.D., Evan Hansen, MS, Evan Ringquist, Ph.D., Robert Carlson, Ph.D.
The University, Downtown Redevelopment, and Historic Preservation
Authors: Jera L. Oliver, Graduate Research Assistant,
With Assistance from John Hoornbeek, Ph.D.
Prepared: May 2007
Putting Labor's Capital to Work: Capital Strategies for Ohio Employees
Authors: John Logue, Ph.D. & Steve Clem
Prepared: May 2006
Race, Place, and Information Technology
Authors: Michele Gilbert, Karen Mossberger, and Caroline J. Tolbert
Prepared: September 2004
Predatory Lending: Analysis of Lending In Summit County
David Kaplan, Ph.D. & Gail Sommers