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2016 - 2017

New Hampshire Feasibility
November 15, 2017
Io
Jones
,
Emily
Schneider
,
Ashley
DuPuis
PRS Briefs

Paid family leave is an issue that has taken the spotlight at the national level and in states across the country. In March 2016, only 13 percent of private employees in the United States had access to paid family leave.  Three U.S. states have paid family and medical leave plans. California,...

Identifying Targets, Vulnerabilities, and Best Practices
July 11, 2017
Tara
Burchmore
,
Ashley
DuPuis
,
Jay
Raju
,
Rachel
Scholz-Bright
,
Jeremy
Washam
PRS Briefs

As the world has become increasingly digital, New Hampshire has stored more information online. Many of the New Hampshire state databases contain sensitive information about individuals, businesses, and property within the state. This report seeks to answer the question posed by Representative...

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Joint-State Clean Water Spending
June 5, 2017
Joby
Bernstein
,
Julia
Decerega
,
Jimmy
Fair
,
Bill
Kosmidis
PRS Briefs

In this report, we value the Connecticut River corridor between Vermont and New Hampshire to analyze the combined economic value the river brings to both states. This report focuses on eight metrics to value the river corridor, including community value-added, recreation, fishing, managed...

Surveying Upper Valley Community Leaders
May 9, 2017
Joby
Bernstein
,
Wafaa
Ahmed
PRS Briefs

This report seeks to provide a greater assessment of needs across the communities that make up the Upper Valley. New Hampshire and Vermont have a large disparity in socioeconomic success between communities across the region. In the Upper Valley, recognizing the variety of needs can better...

June 12, 2017
Alexandra
Curnin
,
Alexandra
Norris
,
Anisha
Ariff
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire currently houses mentally ill patients considered dangerous to themselves or others in the Secure Psychiatric Unit (SPU) of the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord. Patients are transferred to the SPU from New Hampshire Hospital when the security level of the Hospital is...

A Comprehensive Review
April 25, 2017
Emily
Schneider
,
Brian
Thorpe
PRS Briefs

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a new and innovative method of funding public programs. In these programs, an investor provides funding for a public program and is repaid by an outcome funder, usually a government entity, upon the successful completion of the program. This funding structure...

Legal Possibilities and Ramifications
March 14, 2017
Ryan
Spencer
,
Patrick
Lawlor
,
M.L.Io
Jones
PRS Briefs

In the past few years, the growth of the daily fantasy sports (DFS) gambling industry has been remarkable. A derivative of season-long fantasy sports, participants in daily fantasy sports can win monetary prizes depending on the success of the roster (collection of players) they select. In the...

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Vermont Clean Water Act Spending
April 13, 2017
Joby
Bernstein
,
Bill
Kosmidis
PRS Briefs

In this report, we value the Connecticut River corridor between Vermont and New Hampshire to analyze the economic value for the state of Vermont. This report focuses on eight metrics to value the river corridor, including community value-added, recreation, fishing, managed resources, river...

Creating Incentives for Market Growth
March 10, 2017
Estephanie
Aquino
,
Eric
Jung
,
Daniel
Shlien
,
Andrew
Weckstein
,
Tianhao
Zhang
PRS Briefs

In 2013, Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont — along with the governors of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island — signed a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Per the agreement, the coalition of states committed to...

Assessment of the State of Art Education in Vermont Schools
March 9, 2017
Ashley
DuPuis
,
Danny
Li
,
Genna
Liu
,
Megan
Mishra
PRS Briefs

This report will examine the feasibility of conducting a comprehensive assessment of the state of arts education in Vermont. Because data on arts programming are decentralized, we analyzed a representative sample of school districts, selected based on location and population factors. For this...

March 12, 2017
Wafaa
Ahmed
,
Jeeihn
Lee
,
Hailey
Valerio
PRS Briefs

Not only are many current foster parents unsatisfied with the supports offered to them, but inadequate supports may also deter people from becoming foster parents in the first place.[i] To aid Vermont foster parents and the policymakers and organizations that support them, this project explores...

Evaluating Policy Options across the United States
March 1, 2017
Sam
Libby
,
Neil
Kamath
,
Paulomi
Rao
PRS Briefs

This report examines the various policy options that are available to New Hampshire policymakers relating to the regulation of autonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars. In this report, we explore autonomous vehicles legislation across the United States, breaking bills down into specific...

Prepared for the United States Agency for International Development/Kyiv Mission
January 23, 2017
Apoorva
Dixit
,
Jordan
Einhorn
,
Jessica
Fedin
,
Sarah
Han
,
Michelle
Li
,
Regan
Plekenpol
,
Priya
Ramaiah
,
Rebecca
Rodriquez
,
Alexa
Sonnenfeld
,
Clara
Wang
,
Andrew
Weckstein
,
Kevin
Zhang
PRS Briefs

A team of twelve students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College spent the Fall 2016 term studying the current state of civil society in Ukraine.  The students analyzed the relevant documents produced by USAID regarding democracy assessment as well as documents focused...

November 13, 2017 Annual Reports

Alumni Mentors are Instrumental; Rocky by the Numbers; Preparation Meets Oportunity; Guest Speakers Enhance Student Learning; Financials

December 1, 2016
Francis
Magilligan
Faculty Scholarship

Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Author(s): Jonathan W. Chipman, Xun Shi, Francis J. Magilligan, Yaning Chen, and Baofu Li.

Abstract. The Tarim and Konqi Rivers in western China have experienced dramatic changes in...

2015 - 2016

Results of a Nationwide Survey on Healthcare Issues in Kosovo
October 14, 2016
Apoorva
Dixit
,
Megan
Mishra
,
Morgan
Sandhu
,
Kristen
PRS Briefs

During the summer of 2016, a nationwide household survey of 1,309 Kosovars was conducted for the Kosovo Women’s Network and the Kosovo Ministry of Health on the state of the healthcare system and on the abilities of Kosovar citizens to access the healthcare system. This report analyzes the...

Differences between Vermont's Public and Independent Schools
June 6, 2016
Julia
Decerega
,
Oscar
Guerra
,
Neil
Kamath
,
Myles
McMurchy
,
David
Tramonte
PRS Briefs

Over ten percent of Vermont’s school-aged children attend one of over 100 independent (private) schools in the state. Some of these students receive monetary vouchers to attend independent schools of their choice because their hometowns lack public schools. Unlike the state’s public schools,...

Analyzing the Impact of New Hampshire's Aging Population
July 18, 2016
Sam
Libby
,
Katie
Schultz
PRS Briefs

This report addresses the problem of New Hampshire’s aging population. Major demographic changes in recent years will dramatically shift the population breakdown of the Granite State, particularly as the Baby Boomers approach retirement. In this report, we examine these trends and propose...

An Opportunity for Physician, Public, and Private Sector Collaboration
May 23, 2016
Meghana
Mishra
,
Adrienne
Perkins
PRS Briefs

The state of New Hampshire recently introduced House Bill 1138 (NH HB 1138) which establishes the Terminal Patient’s Right to Try Act, a piece of legislation which “allows a patient with a terminal illness access to investigational drugs, biological products, and devices.” This bill seeks to...

Assessing the Cost and Performance Efficacy of Current Programs
May 20, 2016
Wafaa
Ahmed
,
Megan
Mishra
PRS Briefs

We have been tasked by the Education Committee of the Vermont House of Representatives, chaired by Representative David Sharpe, to examine the efficacy of the current special education system in the state of Vermont. We begin by examining the legislative context of special education policy,...

May 18, 2016
Jeeihn
Lee
,
Ray
Lu
,
Mary
Sieredzinski
,
Alexandros
Zervos
PRS Briefs

This study examines the consolidation of schools, school districts, and SAUs in New Hampshire as cost saving measures for the state’s education system. With declining enrollments and a shrinking school-age population, New Hampshire’s schools may benefit from consolidation without education...

April 7, 2016
Victor
Crentsil
,
Abhilasha
Gokulan
,
Elijah
Moreno
,
Patrick
Saylor
PRS Briefs

This report provides the New Hampshire House of Representatives’ Children and Family Law Committee with an evaluation of the effects of RSA 461-A (Parental Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2005), RSA 458-C (Child Support Guidelines 2011), and amendments to RSA 461-A (loss of public funds for...

May 4, 2016
Apoorva
Dixit
,
Megan
Mishra
,
Morgan
Sandhu
PRS Briefs, State of the State Polls

HANOVER, NH—The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center’s ninth annual NH State of the State Poll surveyed a sample of New Hampshire registered voters (N=362) from April 11-15, 2016 to assess their opinions on policy issues, elected officials, and the state of the economy in New Hampshire and in the United...

An Economic Assessment of New Hampshire’s Arts and Culture Industries
May 2, 2016
Abigail
Rohman
,
Amy
Sun
,
Taylor
Watson
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire is a state of long-held cultural values and a strong history of arts from performance to design. Evaluating how these massive assets contribute to the economy and how the state can continue to provide an environment where people and firms can flourish in these fields is important...

A Spectrum of Economic Possibilities
March 10, 2016
Marissa
Cooper
,
Paul
Ghazal
,
Anna
Sherman-Weiss
PRS Briefs

Marijuana legalization is a prominent matter in politics today. While 23 states have legalized use of the entire plant for medicinal marijuana, only four (and Washington, D.C.) have legalized the use of recreational marijuana for people ages 21 and older. This report contextualizes the financial...

March 5, 2016
Patrick
Saylor
,
Leehi
Yona
,
Jordan
Einhorn
,
Dennise
Hernandez
PRS Briefs

There is much potential for the New Hampshire electricity grid to run more efficiently and reliably than in its current state. This brief takes on a comparative approach between the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) in the Midwestern United States and the Independent System...

What is "Evidence-Based" Policymaking?
April 12, 2016
Sam
Libby
,
Joby
Bernstein
,
Michael
Baicker
PRS Briefs

This report addresses the goal of effective and efficient governance. The New Hampshire legislature receives a number of policy proposals each session claiming to be “evidence- based” but has no program evaluation mechanism. Proposals use different definitions and frameworks, and the legislature...

Assessing the Possibility of Establishing a State Bank
March 18, 2016
Ke
Zhao
,
Mariel
Wallace
,
Sean
Connolly
,
Sarah
Han
PRS Briefs

The possibility of establishing a public bank may offer an opportunity for New Hampshire to exercise more control over its finances, and may offer an opportunity for a public sector institution to fulfill public needs that the private sector cannot or will not adequately meet. This report...

February 16, 2016
Ray
Lu
,
Jay
Raju
,
Rachel
Scholz-Bright
PRS Briefs

Substance abuse is currently one of the leading public health concerns in the state of New Hampshire. State Representative James Belanger has proposed House Bill 1603 (HB1603), which aims to establish a drug dealer registry in New Hampshire. This report assesses the potential and challenges of a...

An Environmental and Economic Analysis
February 14, 2016
Julia
Decerega
,
Oscar
Guerra
,
David
Tramonte
PRS Briefs

As Lake Champlain, the sixth largest freshwater lake in North America, continues to suffer from excessive phosphorous pollution and expansive algae growth, the State of Vermont faces a costly mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail the pollution. The cleanup will require a...

December 1, 2016 Annual Reports

From Theory to Practice: PBPL 85 Global Policy Leadership; Rocky by the Numbers; Intercultural Leadership Competencies; 2016 Dartmouth Experiments Conference; Financials

Task Force Report - Fall 2015
December 18, 2015
Karna
Adam
,
Sean
Connolly
,
Caroline
Estill
,
James
Furnary
,
Axel
Hufford
,
Robert
Klingenberger
,
Maureen
Mentrek
,
Sarah
Ogren
,
Marie
Plecha
,
Nicholas
Shallow
,
Marylynne
Sitko
,
Mariel
Wallace
Course Projects

In past decades, every presidential administration beginning with President Carter has attempted to secure peace for this terror-filled yet tiny land because doing so promises enhanced stability for the greater Middle East region. But despite billions of dollars in foreign aid, countless ...

2014 - 2015

August 30, 2015
Morgan
Sandhu
,
Priya
Ramaiah
,
Sarah
Han
PRS Briefs

This report was commissioned by Representative Tracey Emerick to provide a broad overview of local government services with potential for consolidation in New Hampshire. From 50 potential services, we selected eight services that are candidates for regionalization. We carefully considered...

Examining the Effects of Payroll Card Legislation
May 20, 2015
Ryan
Galloway
,
Ke
Zhao
,
Morgan
Sandhu
,
Mary
Sieredzinski
,
Alexandros
Zervos
PRS Briefs

The use of payroll cards to pay employees has been a topic of contentious debate in recent years. Although many states have already passed laws regulating their usage, current legislation surrounding payroll cards is lacking in New Hampshire. In this report, we investigate the potential impacts...

Reviewing Research in the Context of Vermont's Statewide Program
April 15, 2015
Gabrielle
Lopez Low
,
Manav
Raj
,
Morgan
Sandhu
PRS Briefs
An Analysis of Options for Legislation Limiting New Hampshire Employers' Use of Credit Reports
June 11, 2015
Gabrielle
Bozarth
,
Andrew
Carothers
,
Dennise
Hernandez
,
Lily
Morrison
PRS Briefs

The usage of credit history reports in employment decisions has emerged as a hotly-contested policy issue. For each of the last two legislative sessions, New Hampshire has considered a ban on the practice. Anticipating the possibility of similar proposed legislation in the future, we conduct an...

State and County Operations and Expenditures
June 8, 2015
Emma
Sisson
,
Irene
Cofie
,
Joseph
Bernstein
,
Alex
Woodruff
,
Jeeihn
Lee
PRS Briefs

Prison and jail populations have declined in most states since 2010, but have increased in New Hampshire. Corrections costs have also risen in New Hampshire in recent years. Understanding the reasons for corrections cost growth is complicated by a lack of systematic information on county jail...

Awareness, Compliance, and Implementation Methods
June 1, 2015
Sarah
Han
,
Meghana
Mishra
,
Kevin
Zhang
PRS Briefs

Nationally and in New Hampshire, women earn 78 percent of what men earn. 1 The Paycheck Fairness Act in New Hampshire (SB 207), which went into effect on January 1, 2015, looks to close the gender wage gap by allowing employees to discuss their salaries and identify employer...

A Comparative Assessment of Vermont's Towns
May 27, 2015
David
Garcia
,
Tyler
Stoff
,
Mariel
Wallace
PRS Briefs

Vermont’s towns determine compensation for municipal administration individually, and as such compensation for town offices is highly variable. This report compares administrative compensation and across Vermont to the Town of Strafford, with a particular focus on towns of a similar size. Road...

Identifying and Analyzing Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes for Vermont
May 13, 2015
Hamza
Abbasi
,
Sasha
Dudding
,
Zachary
Hardwick
,
Joseph
Kind
PRS Briefs

In Vermont, the affordable housing review process can take up to a decade, involving  communities and developers in lengthy and expensive legal battles that can cause damage  to all those involved. The authors of this  report have been task ed with researching  methods of streamlining the...

Assessing the Distribution of Program Costs and Benefits
April 15, 2015
Ivan
Hess
,
Zach
Markovich
,
Evan
Meisler
,
Alexandra
Minsk
PRS Briefs

Created in 2000, the Energy Efficiency Charge in Vermont funds incentives and subsidies aimed at reducing energy consumption and electricity costs for residents and businesses throughout Vermont. Promoting energy efficiency through the Energy Efficiency Charge remains an important policy goal in...

May 6, 2015
Zachary
Markovich
,
Katelyn
Schultz
,
Tyler
Stoff
PRS Briefs, State of the State Polls

President Obama’s job approval rating (34 percent) in New Hampshire remains constant from 2014, while his favorability rating rises to 35 percent from 28 percent in 2014.

New Hampshire Senate trial heats show a potentially competitive race between incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte (R) and...

April 9, 2015
Hamza
Abbasi
,
Jordan
Einhorn
,
Maggie
Fiertz
,
Mark
Sheridan
,
Leehi
Yona
PRS Briefs

This report presents an overview of natural gas and its role in New Hampshire’s energy future. There has a been a large increase in the use of natural gas in New England in the past decade, but the infrastructure for transporting natural gas has not been updated. Infrastructure constrains have...

A Comparative Case Study of Eastern Coastal States
April 23, 2015
Mary
Andrews
,
Michael
Baicker
,
Priya
Ramaiah
,
Ke
Zhao
PRS Briefs

Aquaculture is a burgeoning industry in New England, but current aquaculture policy in New Hampshire requires additional infrastructure to adequately allow for economic growth. Due to the lack of a regulatory framework, aquaculturists are currently able to erect illegal structures and operations...

An Analysis of Potential Strategies
March 12, 2015
Apoorva
Dixit
,
Ana
Pongrac
,
Katelyn
Schultz
,
Tyler
Stoff
PRS Briefs

In 2013, Vermont developed the Lake Champlain TMDL Phase 1 Implementation Plan to reasonably assure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that Vermont will reduce phosphorus loading in Lake Champlain attributable to nonpoint sources. This plan proposes the establishment of the Vermont Clean...

An Analysis of the Minimum Wage in New Hampshire
March 3, 2015
Joby
Bernstein
,
Andrew
Carothers
,
Sam
Libby
,
Gabriel
Low
PRS Briefs

The minimum wage is one of the most debated topics in economics and the political arena. In this report, we analyze the economic impacts, stakeholder perspectives, and public opinion regarding an increase in the New Hampshire minimum wage. The report first reviews the large body of research on...

Task Force Report - Fall 2014
David
Brooks
,
Ester
Cross
,
Ayesha
Dholakia
,
Zachary
Markovich
,
Summer
Modelfino
,
Noah
Reichblum
,
Kevin
Schorr
,
Heather
Szilagyi
,
Fiona
Weeks
,
David
Wylie
,
Nicholas
Zehner
Course Projects

Thomas Hobbes once wrote that “the condition of man...is a condition of war.”1

Violence—as a vehicle for achieving greater political goals—is a natural phenomenon. But what policies can reverse the inclination for violence and foster peace instead?

The following...

October 2, 2014
Michele
Tine
Faculty Scholarship

Journal of Cognition and Development 15(4): 599-613

Author(s): Michele Tine

This study was designed to investigate if the working memory profiles of children living in rural poverty are distinct from the working...

December 1, 2015 Annual Reports

A Decade of Excellence: The Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop; Rocky By The Numbers; Value-Based Leadership Development; Faculty Manuscript Review; Financials

A view from Altica in the Teotihuacan Valley
January 22, 2015
Deborah
Nichols,
Faculty Scholarship

Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Volume 39, September 2015, Pages 19–35.

Early and Middle Formative exchange networks in Mesoamerica initiated lasting patterns of interaction that persisted through the...

Testing for Political Influence on Public Corruption Prosecutions
October 14, 2014
Brendan
Nyhan,
,
M.
Rehavi,
Faculty Scholarship

The need to cultivate political support for nominations to higher office creates a conflict of interest for U.S. attorneys and the prosecutors they supervise in cases involving the two major parties. We find evidence of partisan differences in the timing of public corruption case filings around...

Collaborative Event Ethnography with Himalayan and Tibetan Sowa Rigpa Practitioners
April 16, 2015
Sienna
Craig,
Faculty Scholarship

Current Anthropology 56(2): 178-204

Author(s): Calum Blaikie, Sienna Craig, Barbara Gerke, and Theresia Hofer

This...

2013 - 2014

Evaluating RSA Chapters 481-488
September 2, 2014
Alexandra
Dudding
,
Curtis
King
,
Diana
Ming
,
Anne
Ressler
,
Ke
Zhao
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire adopted water management and protection laws in a piecemeal manner over many years, often without addressing the complex relationships between regional water systems and sources of nonpoint pollution. The Department of Environmental Services (DES) is currently implementing a more...

A Comparative State Analysis and Policy Review
October 1, 2014
Sean
Connelly
,
Kristopher
Jorgenson
,
Nicholas
Shallow
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire does not impose additional license renewal requirements on older drivers. In 2011, the state stopped requiring drivers age 75 and older to pass a road test to renew their licenses. The state’s policies regarding older drivers are now broadly similar to many state policies. Whether...

A Political Feasibility Study of a Centralized Wetlands Buffer Policy
September 15, 2014
David
Garcia
,
William
Hirschfeld
,
Zach
Markovich
,
Chris
Megrue
,
Michael
McLaughlin
,
Jake
Perkins
,
Mariel
Wallace
,
Lorelei
Yang
,
Eric
Yang
PRS Briefs

Wetlands buffer zone minimum requirements are currently devolved to local governments in New Hampshire. Each municipality determines its own buffer requirement, and some towns impose no buffer requirement. This policy brief assesses the desirability of continuing to set the buffer zone...

An Analysis of Short- and Long-Term Implications
August 16, 2014
Austin
Boral
,
Joshua
Koenig
,
Zachary
Markovich
,
Marie
Plecha
,
Katelyn
Schultz
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire is currently entering the evaluation and implementation phase of its e- Courts Project, commissioned in July 2011. The project aims to “...increase efficiency in the New Hampshire Judicial Branch (NHJB) by implementing automated systems through re-engineering of business processes...

A Case Study Analysis of New Hampshire and Maine
June 10, 2014
Ashneil
Jain
,
Krystyna
Oszkinis
,
Patrick
Saylor
,
Alex
St. Romain
PRS Briefs

Shoreland development along lakes and ponds in Vermont is responsible for considerable impacts to aquatic habitats. These impacts include physical erosion, nutrient loading, and damages to near-shore shallow water environments. Before this year Vermont has not had an official policy managing...

Assessing the Efficacy of Community Mental Health and Peer Counseling in Vermont
May 20, 2014
Ashneil
Jain
,
Roshen
John
,
Maria
Plecha
PRS Briefs

In 2012 the Vermont Legislature passed Act 79 following the significant loss of inpatient mental health care beds from Tropical Storm Irene. Act 79 provided resources to expand the state’s community-based approach to mental health care, including peer counseling services. This report provides an...

Assessing the Substantiation Process
August 28, 2014
Irene
Cofie
,
Alex
St. Romain
,
Mariel
Wallace
,
Sakina
Boakye
PRS Briefs

This report examines the rate of maltreatment substantiation for youths under the age of 18 in New Hampshire. Substantiation rates refer to the proportion of assessments investigated by the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) deemed to exhibit evidence of abuse or neglect. New...

Determinants of Repeated Placements in New Hampshire
August 28, 2014
Sakina
Boakye
,
Chelsea
Lim
,
Sarah
Ogren
PRS Briefs

When a child or youth enters out-of-home placement, one of the primary goals of the New Hampshire Division for Children Youth and Families (DCYF) in the Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) is to maintain a stable environment. With more stable living situations, fewer youth re-enter...

Best Practices, Funding Mechanisms, and Comparative State Analysis
February 26, 2014
David
Garcia
,
Catie
O'Sullivan
,
Joshua
Koenig
,
Danielle
Unterschutz
PRS Briefs

This report presents an overview of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Vermont and nationally. A preliminary analysis of curricular opportunities available through Vermont’s CTE programs reveals that while there are many options for students to pursue across the state, programmatic...

An Analysis of Transmission Line Undergrounding
May 20, 2014
Anne
Ressler
,
Austin
Boral
,
Aislinn
McLaughlin
,
Thomas
Wang
PRS Briefs

The Northern Pass Project is a proposal for a transmission line route that is designed to deliver electricity from Québec to the New England area. The $1.4 billion project will transmit Canadian hydroelectric power to the New England grid via 187 miles of transmission line, including 32.25...

May 8, 2014
Zachary
Markovich
,
Jake
Perkins
PRS Briefs, State of the State Polls

President Obama’s job approval rating in New Hampshire falls to 36 percent (from 45 percent in 2013), while his favorability rating plummets to 28 percent (from 41 percent in 2013).

NH Senate Race within margin of error between incumbent Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D) and challengers Scott...

An Evaluation of Challenges and Best Practices in Online Fiscal Transparency Across the United States
May 6, 2014
Ellen
Daily
,
Ayushi
Narayan
,
Eric
Yang
PRS Briefs

A transparent system for accessing New Hampshire’s government spending and revenue collection is an essential component of ensuring the state’s accountability to its citizens. The public has the right to understand where its state receives revenue, how its tax contributions are spent, and who...

Developing an Efficient, Innovative, Customer-Driven Approach to Connect the State and its 'Customers
April 18, 2014
David
Eads
,
Edgar
Sandoval
,
Lorelei
Yang
PRS Briefs

In the state of New Hampshire, services across all sectors are currently a convoluted tangle. In many areas, a citizen in need of assistance will need to access services across too broad a range of divisions; likewise, a business owner or entrepreneur will often face a confusing matrix of...

Supporting End of Life Decision Making
April 10, 2014
Joshua
Schiefelbein
,
Zach
Markovich
,
Avery
Feingold
PRS Briefs

With an aging population and ballooning medical expenditures, end of life care has become an issue of prime importance for the State of New Hampshire and the country as a whole. The Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) paradigm has become a particularly influential approach to...

An Investigation into Welcome Centers of the Northeast
August 9, 2013
Michael
Sanchez
,
Ayesha
Dholakia
PRS Briefs

The purpose of this report is to inform the New Hampshire state government of ways in which various welcome centers in the Northeast area sustain themselves so they may consider the possibility of reopening three centers that have recently been shut down due to budget cuts. Additionally, the...

An Analysis of Potential Impacts and Strategies
February 27, 2014
Sean
Connolly
,
Katelyn
Schultz
,
Nicholas
Shallow
PRS Briefs

Vermont is currently evaluating whether or not to divest its pension plan from holdings in the fossil fuels industry. This report reviews the crucial elements behind the decision to divest. It addresses the legal and fiduciary impacts that frame the decision to divest, as well as the possible...

Task Force Report - Fall 2013
Donald
Casler
,
Amy
Couture
,
Brandon
DeBot
,
Ashneil
Jain
,
Diana
Ming
,
Ayushi
Narayan
,
Shoshana
Silverstein
,
Joseph
Singh
,
Ashley
Ulrich
,
Kevin
Wang
,
Eric
Yanb
,
Lorelei
Yang
Course Projects

The tidal wave of growth carrying India for the past decades following the 1991 reforms has proven to be just that – a wave that is now subsiding, leaving the world’s largest democracy stranded on a barren beach. Time is cheap, poverty is plentiful, and growth has taken leave as the GDP annual...

December 1, 2014 Annual Reports

Leadership in Action: The Corrigan Gift; Rocky By The Numbers; Experiential Learning Through Social Entrepreneurship; Faculty Grants; Financials.

A Normative Account
November 1, 2013
Lucas
Swaine
Faculty Scholarship

Res Publica 19(4):317-333

Author(s): Lucas Swaine

This article analyzes the moral and political implications of strong moral character for political action. The treatment provides reason to hold that strong...

Problems of Unionization and Inter-Coder Reliability and Agreement
August 21, 2013
John
Campbell
Faculty Scholarship

Sociological Methods and Research 00(0):1-27

Author(s): John Campbell, Charles Quincy, Jordan Osserman, and Ove Pedersen

Many social science studies are based on coded in-depth semistructured...

Education and Outmigration from Ethnically Tibetan Communities of Nepal
May 1, 2014
Sienna
Craig
Faculty Scholarship

Mountain Research and Development, 34(2):85-94

Authors: Geoff Childs, Sienna Craig, Cynthia Beall, and Buddha Basnyat

Communities that have thrived for centuries in Nepal's rugged mountain environments are...

July 31, 2013
Constantin
Rezlescu,
,
Tirta
Susilo,
,
Jason
Barton,
,
Brad
Duchaine,
Faculty Scholarship

Cortex, Volume 50, January 2014, Pages 200–203.

People frequently evaluate facial attractiveness and make inferences about character traits from faces, and these evaluations are consistent across observers (...

Evidence from National Data
January 23, 2014
Denise
Anthony
Faculty Scholarship

Am J Manag Care, 20(17):SP39-SP47 

Author(s): Ajit Appari, Eric Johnson, and Denise Anthony 

...

Organizations and Competing Logics in U.S. Healthcare
March 1, 2014
Denise
Anthony
Faculty Scholarship

Journal of Health & Social Behavior 55(1): 108-124

Author(s): Ajit Appari, Denise Anthony, and M. Eric Johnson 

Health care in the United States is highly regulated, yet compliance with regulations is variable. For...

2012 - 2013

The Impact of Recent NHRS Changes on Municipalities
March 1, 2013
Kelsey
Byrd
,
Brandon
DeBot
,
George
Fregoso
,
Katelyn
Walker
PRS Briefs

The New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) was signed into the New Hampshire Constitution in 1985, making retirement benefits for government employees a legal requirement. Since 1985, the NHRS has undergone reforms including a shift from the use of the Open Group Aggregate equation to the Entry...

June 3, 2013
Galen
Pospisil
PRS Briefs

For over seventy years, our nation’s telecommunications policy has been based upon the concept of "universal service." Though in recent years technology has radically changed the landscape of the telecommunications industry, its spread has been dramatically inconsistent. Though revolutionary,...

A Cross-State Analysis of Energy Facility Siting Board Strategies
June 26, 2013
Richard
D’Amato
,
Michael
Sanchez
,
Aislinn
McLaughlin
PRS Briefs

In recent years, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee has seen an increase in the number and complexity of applications for energy facilities seeking to locate in New Hampshire.i Chaired by the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the role and...

Economic Issues, and Social Policies
May 10, 2013
Katie
Schade
,
Michael
Altamirano
PRS Briefs, State of the State Polls

Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Completes 6th Annual

New Hampshire State of the State Poll

On Politics, Economic Issues, and Social Policies.

Over three-quarters of voters support universal background checks for firearms sales. Voters' views of New Hampshire economy and...

Pay It Forward and Other Policy Options
April 1, 2013
Michael
Altamirano
,
Don
Casler
,
Adam
Nasser
,
Mark
Sheridan
,
Melissa
Yang
,
Clinton
Grable
,
Joshua
Schiefelbein
PRS Briefs

Students graduating from a college or university in the state of Vermont, they are saddled with, on average, $28,273 of debt, which is one of the highest amounts in the nation. Families of both in-state and out-of-state students have difficulty affording increased tuition hikes. Vermont...

An Analysis of Practices and their Applicability to Hanover, NH
June 14, 2013
Kamran
Ali
,
Megan
Bogia
,
Ayesha
Dholakia
,
Ifeoma
Achebe
,
Adria
Brown
,
Thomas
Dexter-Rice
,
Troy
Dildine
PRS Briefs

This paper examines the potential functions of school resource officers (SROs) in high schools. It investigates various models of SROs currently in place in order to inform the Hanover School Administrative Unit-70 (SAU-70) and the Hanover Police Department on the options for implementing an SRO...

The Role of Students in Building Community Resilience at Institutions of Higher Education
June 3, 2013
Anneliese
Sendax
PRS Briefs

For hundreds of years the assumption that both small- and large-scale communities would fall into chaos should a wide-scale pandemic or natural disaster hit has permeated public consciousness and manifested itself in local and national emergency preparedness plans. Burgeoning research in...

Feasibility of Strategies for IT Innovation in Local Government
May 31, 2013
Don
Casler
,
Sebastian
De Luca
,
Leigh Ann
Humphries
,
Katherine
Schade
PRS Briefs

In this paper, we analyze information technology (IT) innovation strategies across the United States and assess their applicability to the City of Lebanon, NH. Through collaboration with Lebanon’s City Manager, Greg Lewis, we identify three goals that align with both community needs and the...

The Integration of Public Health and Medical Information
June 4, 2013
Ben
Schifberg
,
Kali
Montecalvo
,
Adrian
Ferrari
,
Tina
Meng
PRS Briefs

The New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center (NHIAC) aims to provide a forum where law enforcement, public health, and private partners can work together to safeguard the homeland, prevent criminal activity, and respond to hazardous events. In pursuit of this goal, by aggregating health and...

An Overview of the National Mortgage Settlement and its Impact
May 13, 2013
Melissa
Yang
,
Manav
Raj
,
David
Eads
,
Andrew
Longi
PRS Briefs

This project analyzed the impact of the national mortgage crisis on New Hampshire, specifically looking at foreclosures. We did an in-depth comparison of three states—New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine—and found that New Hampshire was impacted most negatively. Though we cannot draw a definitive...

Strategies for Restricting Access to Lethal Means
June 30, 2013
Danny
Freeman
,
Ryan
Galloway
,
Kate
Kranenberg
,
Soo
Jee Lee
,
Portia
Schultz
,
Shoshana
Silverstein
,
Morgan
Wharton
PRS Briefs

As a result of the emotional, social, and fiscal costs of suicide, in 2008 New Hampshire formed the Suicide Prevention Council, made up of state politicians, doctors, and mental health experts, in order to closely examine the factors contributing to the rise in youth suicide. The committee...

Implementing New Hampshire’ s Program
August 1, 2013
Natalia
Agredo
,
Mark
Sheridan
,
Morgan
Wharton
,
Sarah
Wildes
,
Lorelei
Yang
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire’s Medicaid program began its transition to managed care on December 1, 2013. This shift to the managed care model of Medicaid represents an attempt to control costs and improve the coordination of health care. The shift to managed care is part of a national trend, as many states...

A Study of New Hampshire’s RSA Chapter 339
May 28, 2013
Michael
Berger
,
Ester
Cross
,
Hugh
Danilack
,
Sasha
Dudding
,
Carolyn
Gaut
PRS Briefs

Chapter 339 of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes (RSA) regulates the sale of specific items in the state and can be found under Title XXXI: Trade and Commerce. The chapter contains many laws enacted in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that are outdated and not actively enforced....

Evaluating Education Differences and the Role of Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) as Primary Care Providers
April 23, 2013
Roanna
Wang
,
Eric
Yang
PRS Briefs

Vermont is currently undergoing both a shortage of primary care physicians and a reevaluation of policies in the state related to the practice of naturopathy by naturopathic doctors (NDs). This report details the policy history and current policy environment on naturopathy, identifies the areas...

March 20, 2013
Emmanuel
Blankson
,
Josef
Brown
,
Joshua
Echebiri
,
Andrew
Finch-Craver
,
Adam
Fishman
,
Ryan
Gallagher
,
Carolyn
Gaut
,
Duncan
Hall
,
James
Herring
,
Jacob
Hickson
,
Noemi
Hormann
,
Zachary
Myslinski
,
Cordelia
Owusu
,
Sara
Peterson
,
Sean
Schultz
,
Emi-Lou
Weed
PRS Briefs

As part of coursework for a Sociology course on poverty and public policy, Dartmouth students collaborated with the Upper Valley Haven to perform a qualitative evaluation of the Haven’s Getting Ahead (GA) program. Student interviewers worked in pairs to speak with ten former participants in...

Benefits and Challenges of Regionalization in Windsor, West Windsor, Hartland, and Weathersfield
April 3, 2013
Amy
Couture
,
Brandon
Debot
,
Andres
Ramirez
PRS Briefs

This report analyzes regionalization in both a broad context and as it could potentially apply to specific small towns in Vermont. Regionalization is currently used to varying degrees across New England and has numerous benefits and drawbacks. If properly implemented, it has the potential to...

Creating a Financially Sustainable Permit Fee Structure
April 3, 2013
Mike
Sanchez
,
Rick
D' Amato
,
Michael
Altamirano
,
Peter
Kim
,
William
De Chatellus
PRS Briefs

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Air Resources Division (NHDES) is charged by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate air pollutant emissions within the state through a system of permits and fees. However, the system currently faces a pressing revenue...

An Analysis of Effectiveness and Barriers to Expansion
May 1, 2013
Jaya
Batra
,
Austin
Goldberg
,
Adam
Nasser
,
Portia
Schultz
PRS Briefs

In this report, we analyze the effectiveness of drug courts in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. In order to measure effectiveness, we use four criteria: recidivism rates; cost- effectiveness; impact across race, gender, and age; and social consequences. We find that, for the most part, drug...

An Investigation of Current Practices for Handling Youth in the Criminal Justice System
April 2, 2013
Aislinn
McLaughlin
,
Megan
Bogia
,
Ayesha
Dholakia
,
Grace
Hart
PRS Briefs

This report provides an overview of how the current New Hampshire juvenile justice system operates with a particular focus on the system’s placement options and probation and post-detention services. The study team analyzed two key indicators of the system’s efficacy: the juvenile recidivism...

A Comparative Case Study Approach to Stormwater Utilities
January 24, 2013
Kamran
Ali
,
Edgar
Sandoval
,
Kevin
Schorr
PRS Briefs

Given Vermont’s pressing need to comply with clean water regulations, the state legislature has expressed interest in the possibility of implementing a statewide stormwater utility. The House Committee of Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources has commissioned the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth...

Evidence from a Panel Data Analysis of US Acute-Care Hospital
July 20, 2012
Denise
Anthony
Faculty Scholarship

Health Services Research 48(2): 354-375

Author(s): Ajit Appari, M. Eric Johnson, Denise Anthony

Objective

To estimate the incremental effects of transitions in electronic health record (EHR)...

December 1, 2013 Annual Reports

Perkins Bass Visitorship; Policy Rsearch Shop; White House Internships; Rocky by the Numbers, and Financials

November 7, 2012
Thalia
Wheatley
Faculty Scholarship

PNAS 110(1): 70-75

Author(s): Beau Sievers, Larry Polansky, Michael Casey, and Thalia Wheately

Music moves us. Its kinetic power is the foundation of human behaviors as diverse as dance, romance, lullabies, and the...

State Formation and Hinterlands in the Prehispanic Basin of Mexico
February 1, 2013
Deborah
Nichols
Faculty Scholarship

Ancient Mesoamerica 24:47-71

Author(s): Deborah Nichols, Hector Neff, and George Cowgill 

George Brainerd directed...

January 1, 2013
John
Campbell
Faculty Scholarship

New Political Economy 18(6): 827-844

Author(s): Natalka Patsiurko, John Campbell, John Hall

This paper examines the proposition that the economic performance of advanced capitalist countries depends on...

October 1, 2012
Deborah
Nichols
Faculty Scholarship

Archaeometry 54(5): 821-834

Author(s): Bridget Alex, Deborah Nichols, and Michael Glascock

During the Classic Period, Teotihuacan was an economic centre of central Mexico, but little is known...

Unions, Firms, and Mobilization of External Allies in Labor Disputes
November 28, 2012
Marc
Dixon
Faculty Scholarship

American Sociological Review 77(6):946-969

Author(s); Marc Dixon and Andrew Martin

To cope with steep losses in membership and eroding legal protections, some unions have begun to look outward for help. Scholars...

The Liturgy of Departure 1095-1300
January 1, 2013
Cecilia
Gaposchkin
Faculty Scholarship

Speculum 88(1): 44-91

Author(s): M. Cecilia Gaposchkin

In 1293, only two years after the fall of Acre, but many years before the end of crusading...

2011 - 2012

A Report on General and Commercial Aviation in New Hampshire
June 4, 2012
Stephen
Prager
,
Andres
Ramirez
PRS Briefs

The majority of New Hampshire’s 143 airports are small, unpaved, private facilities. However, this report focuses primarily on the state’s twenty-four public access airports, which together comprise most of the state’s aviation activity. The quality of these twenty- four airports differs...

Privatization in State Parks, Hospitals, and Prisons
June 22, 2012
Travis
Blalock
,
Benjamin
Schifberg
,
Christopher
Whitehead
PRS Briefs

Most states began to develop a basic system of parks in the early 1920s. In the 1930s states grew these park systems into decidedly more substantial entities, largely through federal monies distributed as a part of the Roosevelt administration’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program. While...

An Analysis of Rehabilitation Program Options for the New Grafton County Jail
June 4, 2012
Grace
Hart
,
Kali
Montecalvo
,
Roanna
Wang
PRS Briefs

For the past few decades, the Grafton County Jail has had four types of rehabilitation programs: substance abuse programs, a GED program, a community work program, and a ‘threshold and decision-making program.’ This report examines correctional facility programs in other rural counties for...

A Community Integration Framework
November 13, 2012
Carolyn
Gaut
,
Shayn
Jiang
,
Richard
D’Amato
,
Katie
Schade
,
Emily
Clegg
,
Austin
Major
,
Jordan
Wallace
PRS Briefs

The purpose of this report is to examine refugee resettlement programs in New Hampshire and to explore best practices that can be beneficial to refugees and their host communities. We first provide a brief overview of the status of refugees and the role of the federal and state government in...

Nationwide Analysis and Policy Options
June 20, 2012
David
Lumbert
,
Brandon
DeBot
,
Roanna
Wang
,
Nina
Brekelmans
,
Eric
Yang
PRS Briefs

This report analyzes available models and best practices for longitudinally tracking refugees in the United States. New Hampshire currently tracks refugees at the minimum level required by federal programs, and seeks to explore alternatives that would better evaluate the effectiveness of refugee...

April 18, 2012
Christopher
Whitehead
,
Michael
Altamirano
PRS Briefs, State of the State Polls

The Rockefeller Center’s fifth annual New Hampshire State of the State Poll surveyed a sample of New Hampshire registered voters (N=403) on April 2-5, 2012 to get voter opinions on policy issues, elected officials, and the state of the economy in New Hampshire and in the United States. Sample...

An Analysis of Causes and Solutions
May 22, 2012
Danny
Freeman
,
Aby
Macias
,
Ayushi
Narayan
,
Rachel
Ng
,
Lorelei
Yang
PRS Briefs

In 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture ranked Vermont the ninth hungriest state in America. Research shows that children are especially affected by food insecurity. The federal government runs a National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to help families in need provide food for their...

Shifting from Institutionalized to Home and Community-Based Care
May 13, 2012
Natalia
Agredo
,
William
Bishop
,
Michael
Sanchez
,
Mason
Cole
,
Melanie
Wilcox
PRS Briefs

In the context of an increasingly older population and rising medical costs, especially for the elderly population, New Hampshire policymakers have recently decided to shift the state’s resources for long-term care from institutional providers (e.g., county nursing homes) to home- and community-...

A Study of the Current Fee Creation System
May 2, 2012
Stephen
Prager
,
Travis
Blalock
,
Clinton
Grable
,
Adrian
Ferrari
,
Ellen
Daily
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire legislators recently considered House Bill 624, which would have mandated that the legislature establish all state fees and fines through statute. This measure would have shifted control over the establishment and adjustment of fee amounts from state agencies to the legislature,...

A Study of the Costs and Benefits Facing the Granite State in Choosing to Opt Out of the Federally-Matched Medicaid Program
April 23, 2012
Catherine
Meyers
,
Natalia
Agredo
,
Paul
Dellorusso
,
Joseph
Singh
PRS Briefs

Given the large structural deficit of the State of New Hampshire and the significantly increased eligibility standards for Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Rockefeller Center has been tasked with assessing the impact of the decision to opt-out of...

A Preliminary Survey of Existing and Potential Policy Options
April 10, 2012
Brian
Bosché
,
Austin
Major
,
Marissa
Greco
,
Michael
Berger
,
Andres
Ramirez
PRS Briefs

Effective Vermont river management is vital to preserving the economic value of floodplains and waterways while reducing the damage to human property and life. Waterways are an important feature in the Vermont environment, and play a great role in agriculture, nutrient transport, recreation,...

Current Options and Implications for the State of New Hampshire
June 24, 2012
Elizabeth
Ballantyne
,
Emily
Clegg
,
Amrita
Sankar
,
Ryan
Dean
PRS Briefs

The purpose of this report is to outline the history of concussion education, management, and prevention, as well as current action and legislation designed to address this problem. The report defines what a concussion is and its prevalence in sports, along with estimates for the cost of...

Comparative Case Studies
March 8, 2012
Tina
Meng
,
Amy
Couture
,
Ben
Schifberg
,
Mike
Danaher
PRS Briefs

This report analyzes performance management systems for use within the New Hampshire Department of Safety and its divisions. The first part of our report focuses on umbrella systems for department-wide strategic planning. There are several key components to any successful and useful performance...

Options for Reforming Voter Identification Requirements
March 6, 2012
Stephen
Prager
,
Manav
Raj
,
Joseph
Singh
PRS Briefs

Presently, New Hampshire is one of twenty states in the country that does not require identification to vote. In 2011, the New Hampshire General Court passed Senate Bill 129, which would have required that voters present a valid state or federal government-issued photograph identification (photo...

Assessing the Possibility of Establishing a State Ombudsman Office for the State of Vermont
February 16, 2012
Andrew
Clay
,
Chinedu
Udeh
,
Lorelei
Yang
PRS Briefs

This purpose of this report is to assess the costs and benefits of implementing an independent ombudsman office in the State of Vermont. We specifically analyzed the roles, structures, and budgets of state ombudsman offices in the five U.S. states with classical ombudsman offices that have...

How State and Federal Government Retirement Plans Maintain Purchasing Power
February 10, 2012
Michael
Altamirano
,
Stephen
Cheung
,
Brandon
DeBot
PRS Briefs

Cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirees in the New Hampshire Retirement System are currently awarded on an ad hoc basis, subject to annual approval by the Legislature. The Legislature wishes to explore alternatives to this approach. This report gives a broad overview of the different...

An Analysis to Provide Best Practices Recommendations
February 8, 2012
Ayushi
Narayan
,
Danielle
Unterschutz
,
Yi
Yang
PRS Briefs

The Legal Aid Referral Center (LARC) keeps a complete a record of its incoming and outgoing phone calls in the form of an electronic dataset. However, it lacks the resources and necessary statistical tools to draw meaningful information from the data. Our goal is to develop a strategy to...

An Analysis of Options for the Old Grafton County Jail
November 1, 2011
Richard
D’Amato
,
Marissa
Greco
,
Michael
Sanchez
PRS Briefs

The Grafton County Correctional Facility is over 110 years old, overcrowded, and in poor condition. In 2005 the National Institute of Corrections funded a Physical Plant Assessment which cited numerous deficiencies caused by the physical condition of the main building of the old facility. In...

Ethnic, Linguistic and Religious Fractionalization in the OECD
July 11, 2011
John
Campbell
Faculty Scholarship

Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35(2), 2012

Author(s): Natalka Patsiurko, John Campbell, and John Hall

Many claim that national economic success depends upon cultural homogeneity. We collect new time-series...

a national study of US Hospitals
May 31, 2012
Denise
Anthony
Faculty Scholarship

Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, 19(3):360-367

Author(s); Ajit Appari, Emily Carran, M. Eric Johnson, and Denise Anthony

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether the use of computerized physician order...

The Archaeology of Aztec Commerce at Otumba Mexico
January 1, 2012
Deborah
Nichols
Faculty Scholarship

Library of Congress, 2013

Author(s): Deborah Nichols

 

December 1, 2012 Annual Reports

The 2011 Republican Debate at Dartmouth; Policy Research Shop; Rockefeller Leadership Fellows; Rocky by the Numbers; and Financials

2010 - 2011

A Study of Legal Aid Services and Needs in New Hampshire
August 15, 2011
Serena
Laws
,
Michael
Sanchez
,
Richard
D’Amato
PRS Briefs

Legal aid is the provision of assistance to people otherwise unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system. Forms of legal aid have existed since the early 1900s, primarily through private funding. In 1974, Congress created the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to provide...

The Effect of Medicaid Expansion on Long Term Care
June 10, 2011
Elisabeth
Ericson
,
Tyler
Ford
,
Ginny
Miller
,
Alina
Politzer
,
Christine
Souffrant
PRS Briefs

This policy brief considers the potential effects of the recent Medicaid expansion on the provision of long term care in New Hampshire. In 2010, Congress passed national health care reform that aims to impact positively the residents of the State of New Hampshire by easing the strain of long...

A Study of the Implications of Treating Seventeen-Year-Olds as Adults in the New Hampshire Criminal Justice System
May 1, 2011
Lauren
Bowman
,
Grace
Hart
,
Soo
Lee
,
Kali
Montecalvo
,
Melanie
Wilcox
PRS Briefs

This report examines the effects and implications of the 1996 New Hampshire law that transferred seventeen-year-old offenders to the adult criminal justice system. It analyzes the benefits and drawbacks of this decision with the available budget and recidivism data. The report also compares New...

An Overview of Characteristics and Challenges
June 14, 2011
Monica
Balanoff
,
Ann
Corrin
,
Soo
Lee
,
Tosin
Ogunbamise
,
Katie
Pine
,
Fangfang
Wen
PRS Briefs

In recent years, much attention has been paid to the need to innovate and reform public schools. One response to this education reform movement was the creation of charter schools. This report looks at the charter school movement in New Hampshire and the current condition of charter schools in...

Evaluations of Efficiency by Municipal Project Managers
May 31, 2011
Tomas
Jagelka
,
David
Lumbert
,
Matthew
Oatway
,
Joshua
Riddle
PRS Briefs

This report assesses the effectiveness of the Local Transportation Facilities (LTF) program in Vermont. It finds that while the program is useful for relatively large and not pressing infrastructure developments, it can be overly burdensome and inflexible for municipalities with immediate needs...

For Burlington, Vermont
June 6, 2011
Alice
Liou
,
Cameron
Nutt
,
Angela
Dunnham
,
Michael
Sanchez
PRS Briefs

This policy brief is a project for the Burlington Housing Authority (BHA) conducted by the Rockefeller Centers Policy Research Shop. The goal is to provide information about three distinct Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Initiatives for the BHA. Drawing on three case studies, the...

Housing Stock Surveying Options for Claremont, NH
May 23, 2011
Travis
Blalock
,
Kelsey
Clark
,
Austin
Major
,
Eric
Yang
PRS Briefs

The City of Claremont, New Hampshire approached the Rockefeller Centers Policy Research Shop about methods for surveying housing stock in the city. At that time, Claremont had just received a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant with provisions attached to its award. One...

Background Information and Policy Options for New Hampshire
May 24, 2011
Catie
Burkhard
,
Karen
Doster
,
Hope
McIntyre
PRS Briefs

The goal of this report is to provide an overview of shared decision making as a health care practice and related policy options for the state of New Hampshire. Through evaluation of current research and salient case studies, this report seeks to highlight the opportunities and challenges of...

Evaluating the Suitability of Property Tax Exemptions and PACE Financing for Lebanon, New Hampshire
May 19, 2011
Brian
Freeman
,
Jason
Goodman
,
Christine
Souffrant
PRS Briefs

This report assesses the suitability of two renewable energy incentive programs, property tax exemptions and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), for Lebanon, New Hampshire. We find that property tax exemptions are popular in theory but are seldom claimed in the New Hampshire municipalities...

An Analysis of the Economic and Social Implications
May 10, 2011
Lindsay
Brewer
,
Marissa
Greco
,
Alexi
Pappas
,
Zachary
Schwartz
PRS Briefs

There is currently an ongoing debate in the United States Congress over the Environmental Protection Agency’s jurisdiction in regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Due to competing interests, a federal policy regulating the emissions has yet to pass through Congress. Many experts believe that it...

Assessing the Consequences of a Decade of Funding Cuts
March 29, 2011 ,
Richard
D'Amato
,
David
Lumbert
,
Roanna
Wang
PRS Briefs

This report analyzes data obtained through research of past literature, consumer satisfaction survey analysis, and original interviews with mental health providers. The objective is to provide relevant information about past and present mental health services in New Hampshire, the impact of...

An Analysis of New Hampshire’s Business Tax Environment
February 18, 2011
Katie
Schade
,
Galen
Pospisil
,
Mike
Danaher
PRS Briefs

This report’s goals are to evaluate how New Hampshire’s tax and incentive structure affects business investment in the state, compare it to other states’, and discuss policies that could enhance business investment in different areas of New Hampshire’s economy. To evaluate New Hampshire’s...

An Evaluation of Vermont Child Poverty Council Benchmarks
January 31, 2011
Austin
Major
,
Eric
Yang
,
Jae
Chang
PRS Briefs

This report has been prepared for the Vermont Child Poverty Council (VCPC), a subcommittee of the Vermont state legislature tasked with reducing childhood poverty by fifty percent by the year 2017. The VCPC tasked the Policy Research Shop to find out whether or not the data for measuring a...

An Analysis of the Rockefeller Center’s 2010 “State of the State” Poll
December 16, 2010
Ashley
Afranie-Sakyi
,
Lindsay
Brewer
,
Caroline
Buck
,
Jae
Chang
,
Rick
D'Amato
,
Mike
Danaher
,
Troy
Dildine
,
Marissa
Greco
,
Grace
Hart
,
Soo
Lee
,
Austin
Major
,
Virginia
Miller
,
Kali
Montecalvo
,
Alexi
Pappas
,
Alina
Politzer
,
Galen
Pospisil
,
Katie
Schade
,
Michael
Sanchez
,
Zachary
Schwartz
,
Roanna
Wang
,
Melanie
Wilcox
,
Eric
Yang
,
Alexandra
Mahler-Haug
PRS Briefs

This report on the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center’s third annual “State of the State” poll captures the opinions of New Hampshire residents in regards to economic, budgetary, environmental, and social policy issues and other questions. In addition to reporting the overall opinions on these subject...

A Profile of Vermont Residents in Deep Poverty Prepared for the Vermont Child Poverty Council
August 25, 2010
Travis
Blalock
,
David
Lumbert
PRS Briefs

This report has been prepared for the Vermont Child Poverty Council, a special coalition of lawmakers, state officials and social workers tasked by the legislature to study ways to decrease child poverty by fifty percent by 2017. The Vermont Child Poverty Council asked the Policy Research Shop...

Electrophysiological evidence from children and adults
March 31, 2011
Donna
Coch
Faculty Scholarship

Developmental Neurophysiology 36(3): 302-318

Author(s): Donna Coch, Priya Mitra, Elyse George, Natalie Berger

Event-related potentials (ERPs) and behavioral accuracy judgments were...

May 23, 2011
John
Campbell
Faculty Scholarship

International Center for Business and Politics (48): 1-28

Author(s): John Campbell and Ove Pedersen

Comparative political economy has been dominated since the 1970s by two waves of...

2009 - 2010

May 19, 2010
David
Glick
,
Serena
Laws
,
Alexandra
Mahler-Haug
PRS Briefs

The Rockefeller Center’s third annual State of the State surveyed a sample of New Hampshire registered voters (N=406) to get their opinions on policy issues, elected officials, and the state of the economy in New Hampshire and in the United States. Sample demographics and polling methodology are...

An Analysis of the Costs of Relaxing Eligibility Criteria
June 8, 2010
Karen
Doster
,
Tanaka
Mhambi
,
Laura
Gardner
,
David
Sterman
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire has the most restrictive duration requirements to receive state disability benefits in the nation. While all other states and the federal government only require that an applicant be unable to work for one year, New Hampshire requires that an applicant be unable to work for four...

A Study of Student Leaders, Members, and Organizations
March 26, 2010
Joanna
Pucci
PRS Briefs

Through interviews, surveys, and focus groups this report examines student leadership at Dartmouth College. From the research I identify three main trends for discussion--the differences in characteristics and leadership styles between genders, the causes and practice of authoritarian leadership...

Renewable Energy Incentives, Energy Metering, and Energy Conservation Incentives
May 24, 2010
Alexandra
Mahler-Haug
,
Elizabeth
Mitchell
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire’s “Renewable Portfolio Standards” legislation sets the goal that by 2025 a quarter of the energy used in the state will be generated from renewable resources. Currently, approximately nine percent of the energy consumed in the state is produced by renewable sources. Even though...

Current Strategies, Future Solutions, and an Experimental Investigation of Online Resources
June 1, 2010
Allyson
Bennett
,
Ann
Corrin
,
Kristen
Liu
,
Anya
Perret
,
Clark
Warthen
PRS Briefs

This report describes a research project undertaken by Dartmouth students seeking to evaluate how effectively the New Hampshire Judicial Branch’s web site supports litigants who chose to represent themselves (“pro se”) in civil and family court. Servicing these people’s needs effectively via the...

A Report on Homeless Shelters in New Hampshire and Vermont
May 24, 2010
Nickolas
Barber
,
Margaret
Goldstein
,
Kelsey
Clark
,
Nina
Brekelmans
PRS Briefs

The following analyses are the product of all research and data collected by a group of Dartmouth undergraduate students working in the Policy Research Shop at the Rockefeller Center from October 2009 to May 2010. Most of the data was collected through interviews with shelter directors and state...

National Trends and Policy Options for New Hampshire
April 26, 2010
Elisabeth
Ericson
,
Brian
Freeman
,
Alicia
Modeen
PRS Briefs

This report examines the DWI repeat offender adjudication process both within New Hampshire and nationwide. Following a review of recent literature, analysis of current policies throughout the United States, and detailed case studies, authors conclude with New Hampshire-specific policy...

A Comprehensive Analysis of State Regulatory Bodies, Legislatures, and Health Departments
March 16, 2010
Boyd
Lever
,
David
Lumbert
,
Anya
Perret
PRS Briefs

Central to New Hampshire’s decision on expanding gambling in the state is the social impact such a decision will have on current residents. This report examines how gambling regulatory bodies, state legislatures, and departments of health have addressed expanded gambling in thirty-four states....

A Study on the Impacts of Public Funding and Specialized Parks Departments
May 17, 2010
Travis
Blalock
,
Daniel
Van Deusen
,
Christopher
Whitehead
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire has the only state park system in America that is entirely self-funded. The New Hampshire State Legislature is interested in determining whether the current self-funding scheme can provide sufficient funding to maintain the quality of New Hampshire’s state parks. To address this...

An Overview of ASME and EN 303-5 Biomass Boiler Standards
March 10, 2010
Benjamin
Beckerman
,
Brendan
McVeigh
,
Elizabeth
Mitchell
,
Ian
Rorick
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire has the stated goal of expanding its renewable energy portfolio. An option for New Hampshire to achieve that goal is through the use of biomass fuel. The state’s vast reserves of potential biomass fuel make it particularly well suited to this source of renewable energy.

New...

Determining the Proper Standards for New Hampshire
January 12, 2010
Jeremy
Kaufmann
,
William
Hix
,
Isabella
Price
PRS Briefs

The rules and regulations that govern the access that third parties have to the ballot in New Hampshire are some of the nation’s strictest. This report specifically outlines these relevant state laws, summarizes the constitutional dimensions of ballot access laws, and assesses New Hampshire’s...

An Analysis of the Rockefeller Center 2009 “New Hampshire State of the State” Poll
December 9, 2009
Nickolas
Barber
,
Travis
Blalock
,
Nina
Brekelmans
,
Ann
Corrin
,
Laura
Gardner
,
Margaret
Goldstein
,
William
Hix
,
Jeremy
Kaufman
,
Boyd
Lever
,
David
Lumbert
,
Brendan
McVeigh
,
Jessica
Merry
,
Tanaka
Mhambi
,
Elizabeth
Mitchell
,
Andrew
Newcomb
,
Isabella
Price
,
Ian
Rorick
,
Amrita
Sankar
,
David
Sterman
,
Daniel
Van Deusen
,
Caroline
Ward
,
Christopher
Whitehead
,
Lucy
Pollard
PRS Briefs

The following report analyzes the results of the 2009 “New Hampshire State of the State” poll conducted by the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College in May of 2009. Specifically, this report studies respondents’ answers to questions in the poll relating to political activism, the current...

Denmark in Historical and Comparative Context
December 23, 2009
John
Campbell
Faculty Scholarship

Nations and Nationalism 16(1): 89-107

Author(s): John Campbell and John Hall

The teleological functionalism of Gellner's theory of nationalism has been much criticised. Attention here is on a...

2008 - 2009

Community Outreach and Partnership Opportunities
August 6, 2009
Danielle
O'Bannon
,
Chase
Raines
,
Derek
Summerville
PRS Briefs

This report discusses the potential to create partnerships in sustainability with surrounding local businesses and academic communities. While the Town of Hanover can set an example by instituting sustainable public policies and practices, it will ultimately have to rely upon local businesses...

An Examination of Resources and Ideas for Hanover, NH
August 4, 2009
Kristen
Liu
,
Alexandra
Mahler-Haug
,
Anya
Perret
,
Christine
Souffrant
PRS Briefs

This report explores a variety of creative ways in which local governments, both in the United States and in foreign countries, have funded projects aimed at increasing their environmental sustainability.

Remediation and Redevelopment Funding Options
June 3, 2009
Alicia
Modeen
,
Christine
Souffrant
,
Tara
Wohlgemuth
PRS Briefs

The City of Lebanon (the City) is considering the immediate purchase of a one-acre portion of the 19.1 acre Westboro rail yard from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT). The City is additionally entertaining the possibility of purchasing the southern portion of the site if...

June 23, 2009
Steven
Cheng
,
Alicia
Modeen
PRS Briefs

Workshop in Business Opportunities, or WIBO, is an entrepreneurial training and development program that originated in the Harlem district of New York City in 1966. The 16-week course introduces participants to a variety of concepts essential for the successful operation of a small business. In...

Jurisdictional Boundaries in Hanover
May 27, 2009
Allyson
Bennett
,
Lucy
Pollard
,
Michael
Coburn
PRS Briefs

Dartmouth College operates in a unique position in the Town of Hanover where the College has the right to discipline students and enforce laws alongside local law enforcement forces. Dartmouth College’s jurisdiction extends over all campus property and over all students at the College. Dartmouth...

Comparing Selected Cities and Towns
June 9, 2009
Anya
Perret
,
Derek
Summerville
,
Kelsey
Clarke
PRS Briefs

This report provides a general overview of the structures of local governance in New Hampshire cities and in New Hampshire towns with populations in the 10,000 to 20,000 range, and compares them to the city of Lebanon’s system of local governance.

Standardization and Coordination Policy Options to Curb Recidivism Rates of the Mentally Ill and Those with Substance Abuse Problems
May 18, 2009
Kahlie
Dufresne
,
Schuyler
Evans
,
Chris
Zablocki
PRS Briefs

This report was written in order to address the potential benefits of coordinating the New Hampshire Department of Corrections (DOC) across all levels of government, from county to state. It analyzed this possibility through the lens of the overflowing prison populations, particularly the large...

Working to Ensure New Hampshire’s Present and Future
April 30, 2009
Kelsey
Clark
,
Tyler
Ford
,
Jessica
Guthrie
PRS Briefs

Insufficient retirement savings is a growing issue for both the citizens of the State of New Hampshire and those of the entire United States. This report analyzes academic research, current business models, and the retirement systems of other states to ultimately offer solutions to the savings...

Assessing the Need and Efficacy of Personal Financial Education in New Hampshire Public Schools
April 30, 2009
Kristen
Liu
,
Hope
McIntyre
,
Michael
Fields
,
Derek
Summerville
PRS Briefs

In the spring of 2008, The Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop published Policy Brief 0708-02, detailing statistics and policy options relevant to New Hampshire House Bill 1462, which sought to establish an Office of Personal Financial Education in the New Hampshire Treasury Department....

Current Status of Mental Health Problems in New Hampshire, Effects of New Federal Legislation and Other States’ Experiences
April 23, 2009
Karen
Doster
,
Alicia
Modeen
,
Jennifer
Murray
,
Anya
Perret
PRS Briefs

In our state, lack of access to mental health and substance care is a pressing issue. Over the last decade, New Hampshire (NH) residents have consistently reported high rates of alcohol and substance abuse in comparison to national averages, yet the state's efforts and infrastructure to deal...

An Assessment of Applicable Funding Options
May 12, 2009
Christine
Souffrant
,
Alexandra
Mahler-Haug
PRS Briefs

Due to the lack of cohesion amongst Vermont’s local transportation systems, coordination is an endeavor that is currently being considered. The current twenty-six transportation systems of Vermont have been able to operate themselves through various forms of localized and federal funding streams...

An Assessment of Applicable Methods of Improvement and Funding for Vermont Transportation
March 1, 2009
Kahlie
Dufresne
,
Chase
Raines
,
Christine
Souffrant
,
Tara
Wohlgemuth
PRS Briefs

Due to the lack of cohesion within Vermont Transportation system, the ability to have an enhanced unified system secured financially has been on ongoing issue. The current twenty six transportation systems of Vermont have been able to operate themselves through various forms of localized and...

New Hampshire’s Response to a National Problem
March 9, 2009
Brian
Freeman
,
Michael
Fields
,
Raymond
Rodriguez
PRS Briefs

Voter suppression, defined in this report as any behavior intended to deter an eligible voter from casting a ballot, has been an ongoing concern in the debate surrounding election law and election administration. This report outlines the history, practices, and legislation surrounding major...

Analysis of Results
December 11, 2008
Lauren
Bowman
,
Kelsey
Clark
,
Karen
Doster
,
Elisabeth
Ericson
,
Schuyler
Evans
,
Michael
Fields
,
Tyler
Ford
,
Brian
Freeman
,
Jessica
Guthrie
,
Ana
Haggerty
,
Kristen
Liu
,
Alexandra
Mahler-Haug
,
Hope
,
Alicia
Modeen
,
Jennifer
Murray
,
Danielle
O'Bannon
,
Anya
Perret
,
Chaise
Raines
,
Raymond
Rodriguez
,
Christine
Souffrant
,
Derek
Summerville
,
Clark
Warthen
,
Christopher
Zablocki
,
Kahlie
Dufresne
PRS Briefs

During the week of April 28-May 2, 2008, students in the Policy Research Shop conducted a telephone survey of New Hampshire registered voters. Calls were made between the hours of 6:30pm and 9:30pm on Monday through Thursday evenings. Additional calls were made during daytime hours on Tuesday...

December 1, 2009 Annual Reports

Corrigan Family Gift Launches Leadership Initiative at Dartmouth; Learning and Living Leadership; The Role of Alumni and Friends;

2007 - 2008

An Empirical Analysis of Potential Revenue Sources
July 18, 2008
Alex
Becker
,
Patrick
Dooley
,
Shaun
Stewart
PRS Briefs

Over the next ten years, New Hampshire faces a $1.74 billion deficit in its plan to build and repair state highways and bridges according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. In order to avoid delays in construction and potentially hazardous transportation infrastructure conditions...

July 21, 2008
Caitlin
Cunningham
,
Emily
Jones
PRS Briefs

Poverty is a persistent problem in New Orleans. Pre-Katrina figures reveal that a large percentage of the city's population lived below the poverty line. The storm has only exacerbated the conditions as well as the racial pattern of who experiences poverty. Many policy makers are looking to...

Policy Options for Primary Prevention
July 15, 2008
Allyson
Bennett
,
Louisa
Pollard
PRS Briefs

Lead poisoning has been linked to numerous behavioral problems and health conditions among children with elevated lead blood levels. This report first focuses on methods that have been used for primary prevention and then gives several policy recommendations that can be implemented in New...

Policies for Alleviating Traffic Congestion in Downtown Hanover and Norwich
April 27, 2007
Michael
Coburn
,
Zach
Mason
PRS Briefs

While rural areas might not be known for their traffic, congestion is a significant problem in the downtown districts of many small New England towns. The towns of Norwich, VT and Hanover, NH have had to deal with traffic congestion in their downtowns. In Hanover, downtown congestion appears to...

Costs and Quality of Care
June 30, 2008
Jessica
Peet
,
Elise
Braunschweig
,
Rembert
Browne
,
Roopa
Chari
,
Ian
Tapu
PRS Briefs

In response to increased awareness, both nationally and in New Hampshire, of the mental health needs of prison inmates this report aims to provide New Hampshire policymakers with a better understanding of the status, challenges, and policy options New Hampshire faces with regard to mental health...

Fitting into the Larger Pandemic Planning Context
May 28, 2008
Lucy
Pollard
,
Kathleen
Dufresne
PRS Briefs

Planning for a potential pandemic influenza event is a process being undertaken at all levels of government in states and international agencies throughout the world. Current concern about a potential pandemic stems from the "existence of an influenza virus of pandemic potential," namely a...

2008 Update and Summary
June 18, 2008
Morgan
Becker
,
Benjamin
Beckerman
,
Allyson
Bennett
,
Rembert
Browne
,
Roopa
Chari
,
Steven
Cheng
,
Corey
Chu
,
Michael
Coburn
,
Patrick
Dooley
,
Melissa
Fan
,
Dewey
Hoffman
,
Joshua
Hurd
,
Sarah
Johnston
,
Zachary
Mason
,
Evan
Meyerson
,
Jessica
Peet
,
Lucy
Pollard
,
Shaun
Stewart
,
Ian
Tapu
,
Lauren
Wang
,
Tara
Wohlgemuth
,
Janice
Wong
,
Annie
Yang
,
Carolyn
Gibson
PRS Briefs

Healthy New Hampshire 2010 was published in 2001 by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services in order to establish baselines and set goals for health indicators in the state. Eleven broad public health focus areas related to disease prevention and health promotion were chosen by...

May 15, 2008
Rembert
Browne
,
Marissa
Knodel
PRS Briefs

The manifestations of global warming and climate change can be seen in cities, towns, and villages all over the world, although their specific effects depend on a number of local geographical, political, social, and economic factors. Local governments are in a unique position to address the main...

May 30, 2008
Roopa
Chari
,
Ian
Tapu
PRS Briefs

This policy brief explores problems and policy solutions regarding affordable housing in both Hanover and New Hampshire as a whole. The current standard for affordable living, set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is that a family or individual should pay no more than 30...

A Process Analysis with Recommendations
May 29, 2008
Ruth
Hupart
,
Joshua
Hurd
PRS Briefs

With continuing population growth and changing land use patterns, rural character has become an important topic of interest for the Town of Hanover. Hanover residents have overwhelmingly responded that preserving the rural character of the town is important, and since 1974 the town has released...

May 12, 2008
Allyson
Bennett
,
Danielle
Coutinho
,
Andrew
Zabel
PRS Briefs

Current in-state landfill capacity is adequate for the next 25 years, when New Hampshire will have to begin the potentially expensive endeavor of exporting waste, according to New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services. To extend the lifetime of in-state solid waste disposal capacity,...

The potential for biofuel production in Vermont
March 9, 2008
Michael
Coburn
,
Evan
Meyerson
,
Tara
Wohlgemuth
,
Ruth
Hupart
,
Lucy
Pollard
PRS Briefs

Cellulosic ethanol is a renewable liquid biofuel that has emerged as a prospective alternative transportation fuel source with significant environmental implications. Sources of cellulosic biomass from which ethanol can be made include, but are not limited to: agricultural wastes such as corn...

Policy Options to Provide Broadband to Underserved Areas
March 14, 2008
Benjamin
Beckerman
,
Corey
Chu
,
Dewey
Hoffman
PRS Briefs

In spite of the many uses and likely economic benefits of broadband Internet access, several geographic and demographic factors suggest that New Hampshire's broadband Internet accessibility is not as prevalent as more populated and urban states throughout the country. In particular, New...

Policy Options Related to New Hampshire House Bill 1462
April 24, 2008
Peter
Chau
,
Steven
Cheng
,
Samuel
Fischer
,
Jessica
Peet
PRS Briefs

House Bill 1462 would establish an Office of Personal Financial Education in New Hampshire's Treasury Department. If passed, the bill would provide financial literacy resources to New Hampshire's citizens and equip the State Treasurer with the authority to coordinate current efforts to improve...

Assessment of Current Regulations and Models for Future Action
January 23, 2008
Allyson
Bennett
,
Joshua
Hurd
,
Louisa
Pollard
PRS Briefs

Riparian zones play a crucial role in improving water quality by filtering pollution from surface runoff before it can enter lakes, streams, and other bodies of water. These areas are becoming increasingly degraded by human activities, such as construction and the clearing of vegetation. While...

2006 - 2007

A Policy Brief for the Next Generation Commission
September 4, 2007
Elise
Braunschweig
,
Jarret
Cato
,
Sean
Garren
PRS Briefs

In Vermont, decreasing numbers of students are deciding to attend college in their home state, and extremely low numbers of students remain in Vermont for their adult lives. This so-called "brain drain" of young Vermonters has particularly detrimental effects on the state's economy, as a young...

A Case Study of Vermont
July 31, 2007
Marie
Choi
,
Kevin
Hudak
,
Danielle
Penabad
PRS Briefs

In 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency estimated that there were nearly one billion scrap tires in stockpiles across the nation. The most recent data of Vermont, reported by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2001, indicates that as many as 200,000 scrap tires are stored in stockpiles...

Benefits and Implementation Considerations
July 25, 2007
Andrew
Zabel
PRS Briefs

The benefits provided to communities by urban forestry programs, specifically street tree planting and maintenance, appear to outweigh the costs in all cases studied. As such, street tree planting and management programs may be viable options for communities to consider incorporating if they are...

Providing for Children in Foster Care
March 10, 2007
Maia
Fedyszyn
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire provides substantial Medicaid funding for children in foster care yet often still struggles with identifying and treating foster children's mental and physical health problems. This report highlights three areas of concern regarding the provision of Medicaid services to foster...

An Introduction to an Alternative Fuel Source for the State of Vermont
May 2, 2007
Patrick
Pfeiffer
,
Andrew
Zabel
,
Alex
Belser
PRS Briefs

For reasons ranging from environmental health to the stability and long-term viability of petroleum as a fuel source, exploring alternative energy has emerged as an important issue for the state of Vermont. One aspect of this issue is the prospective wide scale use of biodiesel as a replacement...

A Final Report to the New Hampshire Voluntary Retirement Project
January 31, 2007
Peter
Chau
,
Kahlie
Dufresne
,
Maia
Fedyszyn
PRS Briefs

In New Hampshire and throughout the United States, a significant portion of the population is not actively saving for retirement. Almost half of New Hampshire workers ages 21 to 64 are not enrolled in an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan. The overall effect of low retirement savings is...

Assessing Pre-Kindergarten Education in Vermont
May 4, 2007
Jessica
Todtman
,
Brian
McMillan
,
Adria
Buchanan
PRS Briefs

In 2004, education expenditures constituted an average of 21.4 percent of state budgets nationwide. As the largest single expenditure for most state governments, public education programs come under scrutiny for their effectiveness and quality and are constantly adapting to fit the needs of...

Current Legal and Policy Implications for Prevention and Cleanup
December 5, 2006
Elizabeth
Hadzima
PRS Briefs

Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) has replaced lead as an on the United States to increase engine combustion efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions. The use of MTBE was expanded after the 1990 Clean Air Acts Amendments (CAA Amendments) both banned the use of lead as a gas additive and...

December 1, 2007 Annual Reports

The Rockefeller Center's alignment with the new mission statement of Dartmouth College; Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange program at Keble College;

2005 - 2006

Preventative Care and Obesity
October 24, 2006
Stephanie
Lawrence
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire and Vermont, like many states, face the challenge of providing affordable, high-quality Medicaid programs while operating under budget constraints. One component of these medical expenses is the cost of caring for the steadily rising proportion of obese citizens. Medicaid costs...

Long-Term Care for the Elderly
September 29, 2006
Danielle
Penabad
PRS Briefs

The demand for long-term care in the United States is rapidly rising due to the high growth rate of the elderly population. Along with other states, New Hampshire and Vermont must develop financially viable strategies to ensure adequate and efficient programs for long-term care. Medicaid is the...

Prescription Drug Cost Containment
October 24, 2006
Jaime
Padgett
,
Oyebola
Olabisi
,
Maxwell
Young
PRS Briefs

New Hampshire and Vermont, along with many other states, are currently struggling to contain the continually rising cost of Medicaid. In recent years, prescription drugs have been one of the largest and the fastest growing component of these costs in both states and across the nation. This...

Interpreting and making sense of multi-level state funding
October 25, 2006
Chongwon
Char
,
Kristin
Ricci
,
Amie
Sugarman
PRS Briefs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a brownfield as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant." In both Vermont and New Hampshire, the majority of...

A Policy Brief for the State of New Hampshire
September 21, 2006
Tracey
Fung
,
William
O'Neal
,
Adam
Sigelman
PRS Briefs

A current trend in the state parks systems of the United States is "privatization" of certain functions and services. Privatization, as defined by author and Director Emeritus of Florida State Parks, Ney C. Landrum, is the "transfer of responsibility for selected state park functions or...

A Policy Analysis for the State of New Hampshire
March 13, 2006
Chongwon
Char
,
Scott
Abramson
PRS Briefs

A Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a policy mandate that a given proportion of power supplied by retail electricity providers be derived from approved renewable sources. While there is no uniform approach to the construction or implementation of an RPS policy, several common and important...

A Policy Analysis of the Factors Affecting CTE Participation Rates
February 23, 2006
Adam
Goldfarb
,
Oyebola
Olabisi
,
Stephanie
Lawrence
PRS Briefs

Vermont's Career and Technical Education (CTE) program works with high schools to provide students with technical education programs for at least one of their last two secondary years, with the goal of satisfying Vermont's job placement and business demands. CTE offers 64 career and technical...

A Survey of School Superintendents
April 19, 2006
Danielle
Coutinho
,
Nikolas
Nartowicz
,
Danielle
Penabad
PRS Briefs

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) legislated state accountability in "meeting annual measurable achievement objectives" for student competence in mathematics and reading. The imposition of high-stakes testing is intended to encourage schools to improve education in these areas. The new...

December 1, 2006 Annual Reports

The Board of Visitors conducted a year-long stategic review of current undergraduate programs with the intention of identifying ways in which the Center's influence and reach could be extended.

2004 - 2005

April 15, 2005
Erin
Demien
,
Brian
Hanley
,
Rebecca
Wehrly
PRS Briefs

Like many states across the nation, New Hampshire and Vermont face the challenge of addressing the rising costs of health care within the constraints of their individual budgets. Both states’ Medicaid programs are struggling to extend high-quality, accessible, timely, and effective care to needy...

Effectively Siting Turbines
May 12, 2005
Kalin
Kroetz
,
Jill
Harris
,
Madeline
Hwang
,
Yuni
Yang
PRS Briefs

Developing the full potential of wind resources in New Hampshire holds great promise for helping to meet the state's energy needs. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that about 179,000 acres in New Hampshire may be suitable for wind energy development. While much of this land is on federal...

Siting New Turbines
March 4, 2005
Jill
Harris
,
Madeline
Hwang
,
Muni
Yan
PRS Briefs

Developing the full potential of wind resources in Vermont holds great promise for helping to meet the state's energy needs. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that about 177,000 acres in Vermont may be suitable for wind energy development. While much of this land is on federal and state...

March 18, 2005
Jill
Harris
PRS Briefs

Many states have established standards for renewable energy production and sales in the form of a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). An RPS specifies that a minimum percentage of the total energy a utility company sells must come from renewable sources such as solar power, wind power, or...

February 1, 2005
Amie
Sugarman
,
Kathleen
Schoener
,
Jill
Harris
,
Madeline
Hwang
,
Yuni
Yang
,
Brian
Hanley
,
Kailin
Kroetz
,
Matt
Lewis
,
Becca
Wehrly
PRS Briefs

Vermont Yankee is Vermont’s only nuclear facility and produces a significant amount of the electricity consumed within the state. Although the plant’s license is set to expire in March 2012, the plant faces growing pressures to meet its storage needs in the short-term. Yankee currently utilizes...

April 15, 2005
Erin
Demien
,
Brian
Hanley
,
Rebecca
Wehrly
PRS Briefs

Like many states across the nation, New Hampshire and Vermont face the challenge of addressing the rising costs of health care within the constraints of their individual budgets. Both states’ Medicaid programs are struggling to extend high-quality, accessible, timely, and effective care to needy...

December 1, 2005 Annual Reports

Andrew Samwick succeeded Linda Fowler as Director of the Rockefeller Center and Ron Schram took over as Chair of the Board of Visitors from Mike Jackson.

2007-2008

December 1, 2008 Annual Reports

Three significant events in 2008--the presidential election, the 100th anniversary of Nelson Rockefeller's birth, and the 25th anniversary of the Rockefeller Center--provided many opportunities to expand and enhance the Center's programs for students, faculty, and the community.

2003 - 2004

December 1, 2004 Annual Reports

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center celebrates its twentieth anniversary; Campaign 2004 afforded students the opportunity to participate in the political process; Student and Public Programs, Civic Responsibility: Personal Action, Public Impact

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