Research

A solutions-oriented approach

Arizona State University is a forerunner in research productivity. More importantly, ASU research is use-inspired, socially embedded, a catalyst for change and innovation, and highly responsive to real-world problems. The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions leads the university in the production of research that has system-wide and largescale impact on a myriad of social, behavioral, economic, and political challenges. Through rigorous applied research, we are developing solutions with the potential to better our response to pressing issues and positively impact our communities locally, nationally and globally.

Solutions more often than not require work that gets out of academic silos. Although our disciplines appear diverse, the commonality is clear in the projects that we take on: social work and criminology share strong links around the cycles of victimization and criminality that must be broken; vibrant urban centers require efficient administration and robust public participation as much as safety and economic vitality.

The website shows rows of faces, many smiling, of Native American women and girls in Arizona who are gone — missing or murdered. No one has seen Jamie for over a year. Priscilla was kidnapped from...Read more

Researchers at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions have identified the first of 10 ZIP codes where during the next two years they will conduct 29,000 coronavirus tests...Read more

Arizona State University President Michael Crow honored members of the ASU community during the 2020 President’s Recognition Ceremony, which was held virtually on Oct. 7.

The annual event...Read more

Domestic violence was already considered an epidemic long before COVID-19 impacted the world, but the pandemic has caused...Read more

As K-12 schools prepare for reopening, coronavirus safety protocol isn't the only issue that school officials are debating.

Schools across the nation are announcing reforms that could...Read more

When your field involves scholars originally trained in one of nine major disciplines, how do you promote interdisciplinary research around pressing social problems?

To tackle this...Read more

Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University are embarking on an ambitious project to better understand the prevalence and spread of COVID-19 cases in the...Read more

Two faculty members at ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions will use a new $1.3...Read more

The ongoing protests over racism in the United States have fueled conversations about the role of policing, including demands for officers to focus on “de-escalating” situations before they become...Read more

After Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law in 2019 a bill creating a study committee to examine ways that Arizona can battle violence against American Indian women and girls, state legislators tapped...Read more

A $2 million donation in emergency grants from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will vastly increase efforts now underway at Arizona State University to coordinate...Read more

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