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Decision Making

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Guide - A guide to writing policy briefs from The Women's and Children's Health Policy Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Research center -The Maxwell School Center for Policy Research Center for Policy Research (CPR) - policy briefs - The Maxwell School Center for Policy Research (CPR) conducts a broad range of interdisciplinary research and other activities related to public policy, involving graduate students as assistants and junior colleagues.

IssueLab - A project of  the Foundation Center ("Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide"), IssueLab is working to more effectively gather, index, and share the collective intelligence of the social sector. We provide free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems. Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy - The leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. Their work is organized into three areas of study: planning and urban form, valuation and taxation and international studies.

Links to current studies - links to current studies about environmental policy, housing and land use policy, social science policy, health policy, human factors and vehicle safety and transportation policy from the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.

Database- CIAO - Columbia International Affairs Online - policy briefs - CIAO includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, full-text journal articles and policy briefs, and teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features.

Policy Agendas Project
Tool for tracking policy changes in the United States.  Users can trace, graph and download policy changes in many different arenas. Datasets allow users to immediately download and access full text source policy documents from linked websites. By providing direct information on the sources of the measures of policy changes, this website allows users to access the original material, which provides the historical context of policy choice.  A long-term objective of the Project is to provide a systematic gateway to a virtual digital policy library through a ‘guided search’ function.

Student Policy Brief for Legislators - Assessing the Feasibility of a Vermont Statewide Stormwater Utility:
A Comparative Case Study Approach to Stormwater Utilities

Selling Towns -- Packing up, Moving on and Selling the Town;
Disney Is Selling a Town It Built to Reflect the Past

Transportation-- Understanding Transit Ridership Demand for a Multi-Destination, Multimodal
Transit Network in an American Metropolitan Area: Lessons for Increasing Choice Ridership While Maintaining Transit Dependent Ridership

Native Americans: - Alaska Native Self-Government and Service Delivery: What Works?

-- Title:
  Finances force more small towns to consider dissolution
(2012, Oct 14, 2012). St. Louis Post - Dispatch. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1111786505?accountid=14853

--Title: Home run or strikeout: The dynamics of public opinion on new sports facilities
Author(s): Lasley Scott; Turner Joel
Source: SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL  Volume: 47   Issue: 4   Pages: 853-864   DOI: 10.1016/j.soscij.2010.07.004 Published: DEC 2010
-- Soccer/ Chester – Is it worth spending millions of public dollars? - Chester stadium: Two views
-- Soccer-Chester- Pa. ponders $45 million bet on soccer

-- Airport expansions and property values: the case of Chicago O'Hare Airport

Author(s): McMillen DP
Source: JOURNAL OF URBAN ECONOMICS  Volume: 55   Issue: 3   Pages: 627-640   DOI: 10.1016/j.jue.2004.01.001   Published: MAY 2004
-- runways – Change for planes, cars - Moving Route 291 so runway can grow

-- Title: The impact of casinos on fatal alcohol-related traffic accidents in the United States
“This paper is the first of which we are aware to show that casinos impact the fatal accident risk posed by drunk drivers.”
Author(s): Cotti Chad D.; Walker Douglas M.
Source: JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS  Volume: 29   Issue: 6   Pages: 788-796   DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2010.08.002   Published: DEC 2010

Aging Policy & Research
- aging research best practices applications from The Council of State Governments

Nextgov - Nextgov’s editorial mission is to lead the national discussion about how technology and innovation are transforming the way government agencies serve citizens and perform vital functions. Central to this mission is the exploration of emerging technologies and their potential impact on government.Nextgov is produced by Government Executive Media Group.

Economic policy consultant view:
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