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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 County’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 Center’s analysis focused on the challenges, opportunities, and outcomes of the consolidation one year later.
Kent State University’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
Authors: Ken Slenkovich, JoAnne Boulter, and Aimee Budnik
Prepared: February 2012

EfficientGovNow 1.0 Project Case Studies - Summary Report
Authors: John Hoornbeek, Ph.D., Tegan Beechey, MPA, Heather Sell, BFA
Prepared: February 2012
Building E-Government Capacities Survey - Final Report
Authors: Kent Sowards, MBA, Ph.D. Candidate, Brian Kelley, MPA, John Hoornbeek, Ph.D.
Prepared: November 2010

Sustainable Infrastructure in Shrinking Cities - Options for the Future
Authors: John Hoornbeek Ph.D. and Terry Schwarz, Senior Planner
Prepared: July 2009
Authors: John Hoornbeek, Ph.D. & Holly Burnett-Hanley
Prepared: June 2008
Author:  Mark Cassell, Ph.D.
Prepared: June 2006
Author:  John Hoornbeek, Ph.D.
Prepared: April 2006
Author: Mark Cassell, Ph.D. 
Prepared: October 2003

All Eight EGN 1.0 Project Case Studies in one Document
Authors: John Hoornbeek, Ph.D., Tegan Beechey, MPA, Tom Pascarella, Ph.D., Matt Flemming, BS, Kerry Macomber, MPA
Prepared: February 2012
Authors: John Hoornbeek, Ph.D., Evan Hansen, M.S., Anne Hereford, M.S., Josh Filla, and Sayantani Satpathi 
Prepared: June 2011
Local Government Collaborations in Ohio: Are We Walking the Walk or Just Talking the Talk
Authors:John Hoornbeek Ph.D., Kerry Macomber, MPA, Melissa Phillips and Sayantani Satpathi, Graduate Research Assistants
Prepared: December 2009
Authors: John Hoornbeek, Ph.D., Evan Hansen, MS, Evan Ringquist, Ph.D., Robert Carlson, Ph.D.
Prepared: December 2008
Authors: Jera L. Oliver, Graduate Research Assistant,
With Assistance from John Hoornbeek, Ph.D.    
Prepared:  May 2007

Authors: John Logue, Ph.D. & Steve Clem       
Prepared:  May 2006
Authors: Michele Gilbert, Karen Mossberger, and Caroline J. Tolbert
Prepared: September 2004  
Authors:  David Kaplan, Ph.D. & Gail Sommers
Prepared:  2002-2004
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