centers & institutes

Morrison Institute for Public Policy

ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy

research spotlight: National Violent Death Reporting System

The National Violent Death Reporting System

Our research centers cover a broad spectrum of civic policy and social innovation. Faculty, students and community partners work collaboratively on complex issues to find solutions that have impact locally, and globally.

Alliance for Innovation

A partnership of The Innovation Groups, ICMA, and Arizona State University, the Alliance for Innovation has created the widest and deepest innovation based network serving local government. The Alliance brings professionals, local governments, academics, and private sector partners together to discover and apply the best ideas, practices and solutions to the challenges confronting local government and communities. 

Bob Ramsey Executive Education

Bob Ramsey Executive Education is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of the people and organizations that serve communities. Through the center's programs and seminars, public service professionals can enhance their management and leadership competencies and can earn the Certified Public Manager®, Certified Municipal Clerk, or Master Municipal Clerk credential. The center also assists state, local, and tribal governments with the implementation of their staff development initiatives. 

Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

The Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy is a research and training unit within the College of Public Service & Community Solutions at Arizona State University, and a resource for government agencies and organizations that seek to improve policies, practices, and implementation of programs that support people affected by behavioral health disorders. 

Center for Child Well-being

The Center provides an integrated and comprehensive approach to the continuous improvement of permanency, safety and services to vulnerable children and families and to the optimal functioning of child welfare systems.

Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Arizona State University’s Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security brings together the vast knowledge and capacity available throughout the entire ASU enterprise to create innovative solutions for the mitigation, preparation, response, recovery and management of significant incidents or disasters – whether natural or man-made.  

Center for Organization Research and Design

The Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD) promotes, supports and conducts fundamental research on public, nonprofit, and hybrid organizations and their design, focusing particularly, though not exclusively, on knowledge-based and science intensive-organizations. 

Center for Policy Informatics

The Center for Policy Informatics is a translational research hub at Arizona State University that advances the study, teaching, and practice of the nebulous field of policy informatics to address complex public policy and administration problems.

Center for Problem-Oriented Policing

The Center works to advance the concept and practice of problem-oriented policing in open and democratic societies by making readily available information about ways in which police can more effectively address specific crime and disorder problems.

Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies

The Center for Science, Technology, and Environment Policy Studies (CSTEPS) serves as an international focal point for interaction among faculty, researchers, students and practitioners on ideas, problems and promises at the nexus of science, technology and the environment. Our work focuses on the study of science as a social phenomenon--science as the core of things that happen technologically, environmentally and through policy. We offer a unique research environment for faculty, graduate students and practitioners on science, technology and environment policy issues. 

Center for Spatial Reasoning and Policy Analytics

The Center promotes transdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, leveraging spatial analysis, geodesign and geovisualization techniques for enhancing decision making and improving public policy.

Center for Sustainable Tourism

The Center for Sustainable Tourism (CST) is devoted to studying the role of tourism in community development in order to strengthen its contribution to viable economic, social, and environmental systems.

Center for Urban Innovation

A focal point for research on urban affairs, the Center for Urban Innovation is working to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods, cities and urban regions by promoting innovation in governance, policy and management. The Center also leads ASU's partnership in the Alliance for Innovation, an international network of progressive governments and partners committed to transforming local government by accelerating the development and dissemination of innovations. 

Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety

The Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety specifically evaluates policies and programs, analyzes and evaluates patterns and causes of violence, develops strategies and programs, develops a clearinghouse of research reports and "best practice" models, educates, trains and provides technical assistance, and facilitates the development of and construction of databases.

Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service

The Pastor Center honors Congressman Ed Pastor and his legacy of service in Arizona and the nation—and serves as an inspiration for the future generation of leaders. Located in the ASU College of Public Service and Community Solutions, the Center serves as a dynamic, student-centric hub of activity that promotes, publicizes, and encourages political engagement and public service among ASU students and the broader community.

Global Center for Applied Health Research

Institutions of higher education such ASU are generating scientific knowledge and evidence-based interventions that can produce lasting solutions to mitigate and address the root causes of unmet social needs. The Center serves as a bridge for universities locally and globally to help communities apply science-based interventions to solve pressing health and social problems. 

Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation exists to advance nonprofit leadership practice so that organizations can better achieve their mission. Whether the mission is to advance arts and culture, affordable housing, youth development, environmental sustainability, neighborhood revitalization, or a host of other community goals, effective nonprofit organizations improve individual lives and enhance our entire community.

Morrison Institute for Public Policy

Morrison Institute for Public Policy is a statewide leader in examining critical issues for Arizona and the region, and is a catalyst for public dialogue. An Arizona State University resource, Morrison Institute uses nonpartisan research, analysis and public outreach to help improve the state's quality of life.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University is to provide university-quality learning experiences for adults ages 50 and over through diverse short courses and lectures, campus-based learning opportunities, and civic engagement initiatives.

Participatory Governance Initiative

Our mandate is to promote excellence, collaboration, and innovation in participatory governance research and practice. The Participatory Governance Initiative is a university-wide interdisciplinary space that aims at bringing together academics, students, elected and non-elected government officials, community members and practitioners interested in the theory and practice of participatory governance. Special attention is paid to the examination of emerging trends and innovative democratic experiments around the world that are relevant to the realities of governance and public engagement in the 21st century.

Partnership for Community Development

The Partnership works to build collaborative relationships among public and private community organizations to address critical community needs.

Policy Analytics Lab

Policy Analytics Lab (PAL) is a computing environment modeled using the Decision Theater framework where students, researchers, and community members can collaborate to tackle complex problems and design innovative solutions to some of the most pressing local and global governance challenges. 

Policy Informatics Network (PIN)

PIN is a year-long effort to cultivate a new community of inquiry and practice (CoIP) within the public policy research and management area. One of the goals is to help forge and promote tighter linkages between various communities (such as complexity scholars or modelers) and mainline public policy researchers.

Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center

The Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center's mission is to generate use-inspired knowledge through Community Based Participatory Action Research on the cultural determinants of health in order to prevent and reduce the burden of health disparities in the overall quality of life of communities of the Southwest.

Offices in the School of Social Work

Office of American Indian projects

Forensic Social Work

Gerontological Initiatives

Global Social Work

Latino Projects

Offender Diversion and Sentencing Solutions

Sex Trafficking Intervention Research

Southwest Collaborative on Immigration, Inequality and Poverty