Research

Muskie School Research Centers and Institutes:

Muskie School Laboratories


On any given day, staff from the Muskie School might be appearing in Washington, DC before a federal commission on health care, training human service workers in Hawaii, or briefing business executives in Maine on the state economy. From health care and child welfare to taxes and the environment, the Muskie School is engaged in a wide range of research activities that are founded in a common goal — to work together to improve the lives of all citizens through informed policy and practice.

Since its formative stages in 1972, the Muskie School has grown into a vital resource for Maine and the nation and has earned a national reputation for innovative policy research and development. The school conducts $28 million in externally funded research and public service activities with projects throughout Maine and in every state in the nation.

Issues facing policy makers, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the general public are complex and often require multiple and sometimes conflicting solutions. Faculty and research institute staff have formed essential partnerships with federal, state and local agencies as well as private foundations to conduct research and program evaluation, policy analysis, technical assistance, and training. The school's relies on partners in business, government, research, and the community to forge creative solutions to pressing problems, and to share the knowledge gained with wider audiences.

New Publications

What's New?

Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
(Book chapter by Mark Lapping in: Martin J, Samuels JE, eds. The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015:200-206.)

Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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