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.

Today in the United States, use of the Internet is so widespread that it is almost impossible to apply for a job without a valid email address. More than 80 percent of American adults use the...Read more

Evidence of human trafficking through ads posted on a popular adult entertainment website is more prevalent than first thought, according to a new study published by Arizona State University....Read more

The Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) has received a $6.3 million dollar research award from the National Institute of Minority Health and...Read more

A new study published in the Journal of Urban Economics by ASU's Chris Herbst, along with Erdal Tekin of Georgia State University, focuses on analyzing the impact of subsidized child...Read more

Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, associate professor in the School of Social Work, has received $30,000 in grants to address issues involving sexually exploited children and adults.

The first $15,...Read more

Arizona State University (ASU) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will help produce the next generation of experts trained in the skills and equipped with the tools to assist...Read more

The unpublished work of late Walter B. Miller – a researcher who, in many ways, revolutionized the scholarship of social service research in regard to gang youth and urban culture – is now...Read more

According to a new study, the levels of happiness may be more similar among men and women than previously thought.

New data from the DDB Needham Life Style Survey finds that men and women...Read more

Research examines whether Central American gangs promote violence in the US

ASU is near completion of a study examining whether Central American gangs serve as a proxy...Read more

A new report indicates high rates of sexually transmitted diseases among arrestees in Maricopa County.

The report, conducted in partnership between the Arizona Arrestee Reporting...Read more

<p> Ten outstanding ASU faculty members have been recognized for cutting-edge research and creative activities, as well as excellence in classroom performance. Nominations for the 2010...Read more

<p>What are the influences of family violence on behaviors of children and are there effective interventions? What interventions are effective on special education and school children with...Read more