News and Announcements
Researchers from ISER's Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) shared work evaluating Alaska's response to the opioid crisis at the recent meeting of the American Evaluation Association held in Minneapolis, MN. Bridget Hanson presented about the methodology used for recent key informant interviews with individuals who had administered naloxone in a talk titled "'Please tell us about a time you administered naloxone': Maximizing data collection opportunities with challenging informants." She also presented "Policy evaluation during the opioid epidemic," highlighting the challenges of such efforts. Jodi Barnett presented a poster titled "Promoting a coordinated multi-site evaluation for community-based opioid prevention [...]
Visualizing Economic Connections among Fisheries: A New Tool for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management
Anyone who has seen a food web of a marine ecosystem has seen a model in which little fish eat plankton, medium-sized fish eat little fish, and the biggest fish eat everything else. A food web is a familiar way to conceptualize the ecological connectivity of marine species. In a paper titled “Defining the Economic Scope for Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management”, and published this year in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, we pose and examine the question: could a parallel model be used to conceptualize economic connectivity and explore the management implications of policy choices?
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced it would award $18.3 million across 16 projects to researchers funded by the National Science Foundation’s Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (CNH2) program. The NSF explains, “CNH2 supports research that advances a basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions within and among the environmental and human components of these systems.” Included in the 16 projects awarded is CNH2-L: Eco-social interactions influencing human exposure to ticks and the Lyme disease agent in anthropogenic landscapes for which the Institute of Social and Economic Research’s (ISER) Assistant Professor of Economics, Kevin Berry, is [...]
U.S. Department of Education releases study co-authored by Diane Hirshberg on Title VI Indian Education Formula Grants
Dr. Diane Hirshberg is co-author of a just-released report on how districts and schools use Title VI Indian Education Formula Grants. The study examines the implementation of the Title VI grants and addresses the services that Title VI funds support, how grantees work with stakeholders to identify program-eligible children, and how they measure progress toward their project objectives. This study, led by SRI International, was conducted for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Policy and Program Studies Service.
Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) and Professor of Economics, Dr. Ralph Townsend, will participate in an upcoming debate with ISER’s former director and Professor Emeritus of Economics, Dr. Gunnar Knapp. Moderated by another former director of ISER and Professor Emeritus of Economics, Dr. Scott Goldsmith, the discussion will focus on whether the Permanent Fund Dividend should be constitutionally structured as an endowment and what that would mean to Alaska’s finances and dividend program going forward. Neither party will know which side of the issue they’ll argue for until they draw straws at the debate and the [...]
Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) Assistant Professor of Economics, Dr. Kevin Berry, recently published a report for Bike Anchorage and the Municipality of Anchorage estimating and evaluating the impact of organized promotional events on the number of individuals cycling to work in Anchorage, Alaska, specifically “Bike to Work Day” (BTWD). […]