Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy


The Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the Muskie School of Public Service is dedicated to developing innovative, evidence-informed, and practical approaches to pressing health and social challenges faced by individuals, families, and communities. To serve this purpose, we engage expert staff in areas of:

Partnering with clients throughout the nation, from state and federal agencies to the private sector, more than 200 research staff provide policymakers and practitioners with new knowledge, skills, and solutions to support healthier, stronger communities through:

  • Research and policy analysis
  • Training and technical assistance
  • Program development and implementation

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What Makes the Cutler Institute Unique?

Capacity for Change
Solutions to complex issues are rarely one-dimensional. Work in the Cutler Institute occurs within a collaborative context, with a mission to improve health and human services bridging the institute’s primary research areas: children, youth and families; disability and aging; justice policy; and population health and health policy. With such wide-ranging capacity, the institute has the unique ability to pull from expert staff and resources across disciplines to provide global, multidisciplinary approaches to complex issues.

More than 60 percent of our expert staff hold advanced degrees in areas of policy, social work, law, education, business administration, and public health, and bring to the institute decades of experience in the field. They care deeply about the issues that face our communities and are committed to finding solutions.

Real-world Solutions
The Cutler Institute is distinguished by its practical approach and prides itself on its ability to bridge the theoretical and the applied, helping to translate best practices into every day practice for government and community agencies.

Staff at the Cutler Institute are interested in more than just a deliverable; they are committed to their clients, working closely with each- no matter the scope- to examine the root of an issue and provide sustainable solutions. They perform data collection and analysis that informs decisions; implement training that empowers the workforce; evaluate programs to ensure training is achieving the desired outcome; and educate lawmakers and community leaders to impact policy and improve our communities. This scope of services, and attention to both client and community solutions, is unique to the Cutler Institute as compared to research institutes throughout the state and region.

Learning Laboratory
As part of its mission to public service, the Cutler Institute proudly plays a role in educating and preparing future leaders of government agencies and community organizations. In addition to quality classroom learning, today’s graduate students require hands-on training from experts in the field. Staff at the Cutler Institute have the unique opportunity to work closely with graduate research assistants to engage them in cutting edge research and analysis- and to prepare them with experience applying knowledge to real-world issues.

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Photo of the cover of New Jersey's Manage By Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes

This report, authored by Muskie School of Public Service researchers David Lambert and Julie Atkins, presents five strategies that organizations can follow to change their culture by moving toward data-driven decision making.

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Muskie Public Health Graduate Students Present at Maine CDC Conference

MPH graduate student Trevey Davis describing the academic program to a conference attendee at Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

The Muskie School of Public Service, Graduate Program in Public Health, and the Maine Public Health Institute exhibited at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference and the concurrent Immunization Annual Conference.  Practice faculty member, Judy Tupper, DHEd, CHES, CPPS and MPH graduate student Trevey Davis spoke with many of the 500 public health professionals attending the conferences.  In addition, Muskie Public Health Education Corps members Carissa Parent, Jacey Keller, and Nikki Busmanis, (MPH graduate students) presented a research poster based on their recent Lyme disease educational intervention pilot in Maine schools.  Dr. Tupper also presented a poster regarding the results of the online training pilot program for Maine EMS personnel on the topic of infection control and prevention.  Educating Fifth Graders on Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases and Prevention Methods" at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

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Justice Research

Cover: Maine Crime and Justice Data Book 2014

Using the most recent public safety, corrections, and court data available, the Maine Crime and Justice Data Book presents a portrait of the state's crime and justice indicators, including 10-year trends in Maine and comparisons with northern New England and the U.S. at large.

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