All NJSPL Reports & Blogs

Report Release: The Transportation Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

February 29th, 2024|Comments Off on Report Release: The Transportation Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Robert Noland, Hannah Younes, Evan Iacobucci, and Wenwen Zhang. The COVID-19 pandemic had major impacts on transportation behavior in New Jersey and throughout the world. Our research sought to examine these changes and whether any changes will be long-lasting [...]

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Working to Address Youth Disconnection Through Policy in NJ

February 22nd, 2024|Comments Off on Working to Address Youth Disconnection Through Policy in NJ

By Bernie Lombardi, Ph.D., Betsy Kim, Ph.D., Robyn Ince, Ed.M.   On January 16, 2024, The Disconnection Prevention Bill (S3080) was signed into law by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. Bill S3080 will establish the [...]

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New Jersey Employment Concerns Revisited

February 15th, 2024|Comments Off on New Jersey Employment Concerns Revisited

By Will Irving. As 2024 began with yet another surprisingly strong jobs report for the U.S. (353,000 jobs added in January and the unemployment rate steady at 3.7%), and with a full year’s worth of 2023 state-level employment data now available [...]

Examining Low-Income Community Solar Program and Energy Justice in New Jersey: An AI-Based Crowdsourcing Study

February 12th, 2024|Comments Off on Examining Low-Income Community Solar Program and Energy Justice in New Jersey: An AI-Based Crowdsourcing Study

By Yao Sun, Ph.D., Avanish Kulkarni, & Sania Murtuza. As the global emphasis on sustainability grows everyday— it is crucial to assess different alternatives for energy that does not require the burning of fossil fuels and nonrenewable energies in general [...]

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Opioid Treatment in Emergency Departments: A Conversation with Dr. Alexis LaPietra

February 8th, 2024|Comments Off on Opioid Treatment in Emergency Departments: A Conversation with Dr. Alexis LaPietra

By Jim Lloyd, interviewing Dr. Alexis LaPietra. In the face of persistently high rates of opioid overdose and the very high risks of subsequent adverse outcomes faced by individuals who survive overdoses, New Jersey hospitals are innovating [...]

Climate Education Initiatives in New Jersey

February 5th, 2024|Comments Off on Climate Education Initiatives in New Jersey

By Josephine O’Grady. According to the 2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change, New Jersey is warming more quickly than the rest of the Northeast region. The state is experiencing a myriad of climate-related challenges [...]

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Teacher Candidate Performance Assessment Moves Forward in New Jersey

February 1st, 2024|Comments Off on Teacher Candidate Performance Assessment Moves Forward in New Jersey

By Drew Gitomer, Emily Hodge, and Rachel Garver. In June 2022, New Jersey enacted a significant change in how educator preparation programs (EPPs) would assess the quality and readiness of their teacher candidates through performance assessment [...]

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Gathering Insights for a Resilient New Jersey

January 29th, 2024|Comments Off on Gathering Insights for a Resilient New Jersey

By Firas Gerges (Princeton), Michel Boufadel (NJIT), Hani Nassif (Rutgers). Resilience is a critical aspect of building sustainable and thriving communities, especially in the face of increasing climate change impacts. As part of ongoing efforts to enhance community resilience [...]

50 Years of Protecting the Shore: What’s Next for CAFRA?

January 22nd, 2024|Comments Off on 50 Years of Protecting the Shore: What’s Next for CAFRA?

By Will Parker. For fifty years, New Jersey’s Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) has been protecting coastal resources and guiding development patterns along the shoreline. To commemorate that anniversary, this project sought to understand [...]

The Link Between Diabetes, the Heart, and the Kidneys: Implications for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in New Jersey

January 18th, 2024|Comments Off on The Link Between Diabetes, the Heart, and the Kidneys: Implications for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in New Jersey

By Heather O’Donnell. For the first time, the American Heart Association identified a new medical condition called cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic syndrome (CKM), which emphasizes the strong connections between cardiovascular disease [...]

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Partnerships, Targeted Goals, and Impacts: A Revised Implementation Strategy for the Great American Outdoors Act

January 16th, 2024|Comments Off on Partnerships, Targeted Goals, and Impacts: A Revised Implementation Strategy for the Great American Outdoors Act

By Josephine O’Grady. The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) of 2020 promised the investment in national parks that the United States desperately needed. Since 1980, the number of visitors to national parks [...]

Fostering Emotional Resilience: New Jersey Nursing Emotional Well-Being Institute’s Virtual Schwartz Rounds for Nurses

January 8th, 2024|Comments Off on Fostering Emotional Resilience: New Jersey Nursing Emotional Well-Being Institute’s Virtual Schwartz Rounds for Nurses

By Jennifer Polakowski, Irina B. Grafova, Jessica Anderson and Pamela B. de Cordova.   In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the critical role of nurses cannot be overstated. Nurses are the heartbeat of healthcare [...]

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Digital Governance and the Power of Big Data: Transforming Government in the Digital Age

January 4th, 2024|Comments Off on Digital Governance and the Power of Big Data: Transforming Government in the Digital Age

By Tarun Reddy Arasu The continued growth in the use of technology by governments is reshaping public administration and redefining how governments interact with citizens, businesses, as well as with other governments. As a result, digital government [...]

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New Jersey Population Growth Recovers

December 21st, 2023|Comments Off on New Jersey Population Growth Recovers

By Will Irving. The U.S. Census Bureau's annual state population estimates released this month show New Jersey resuming population growth after experiencing a decline of nearly 30,000 residents since the 2020 Decennial Census [...]

College Enrollment and Attainment in Newark: Tracking the Trends Post-COVID

December 18th, 2023|Comments Off on College Enrollment and Attainment in Newark: Tracking the Trends Post-COVID

By Robyn Ince, Bernie Lombardi, and Betsy Kim Relying on data from the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census and the National Student Clearinghouse, we will give an overview of the college enrollment and attainment trends in Newark, the state of New Jersey [...]

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Enabling Aging in Place: A Vital Strategy for Residents of Subsidized Senior Housing

December 14th, 2023|Comments Off on Enabling Aging in Place: A Vital Strategy for Residents of Subsidized Senior Housing

By Ayse Akincigil, Uri Amir Koren, & Hub for Aging Collaboration The concept of "aging in place" resonates as individuals strive to maintain their residence despite evolving requirements for supportive services during the natural course of aging [...]

Early Findings Form the Science Course Pathways Study

December 11th, 2023|Comments Off on Early Findings Form the Science Course Pathways Study

By Vandeen A. Campbell, Ph.D. Work thus far on the NJ Science Course Pathways Study has focused on coding and classifying science course pathways and preliminary descriptive and advanced analyses. So far, findings confirm that [...]

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Internet Skills and Perceptions of E-Government Remain Steady in the Face of Greater Economic Hardship

November 30th, 2023|Comments Off on Internet Skills and Perceptions of E-Government Remain Steady in the Face of Greater Economic Hardship

By Grace Maruska. E-government offers new, innovative ways to help connect individuals with public services. Navigating our post-pandemic world, however, requires deeper understanding of how various factors [...]

Rethinking Complete Streets

November 20th, 2023|Comments Off on Rethinking Complete Streets

By Hannah Younes, Robert B. Noland, Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Jeffrey Dennis, Colin Roche, and Sam Rosenthal. Governor Phil Murphy signed S-147 into law in January 2023 directing the New Jersey Department of Transportation [...]

A Seamless Continuum of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services for Justice-Involved Individuals in New Jersey

November 16th, 2023|Comments Off on A Seamless Continuum of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services for Justice-Involved Individuals in New Jersey

By James M. Davy, PhD.   Disrupting a Fragmented System The professional staff of the New Jersey Reentry Corporation and other public and nonprofit service providing agencies can attest to the problem of fragmented and [...]

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Report Release: Who Experienced the Greatest Financial Burden from Inflation in NJ?

November 13th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: Who Experienced the Greatest Financial Burden from Inflation in NJ?

By Jocelyn Fischer, Ph.D. and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Ph.D. During the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey has experienced record high levels of inflation.  These price increases raise concerns about New Jerseyans’ financial well-being.  However, inflation [...]

  • R/ECON Summary of New Jersey Economic Forecast Table, November 2023

Report Release: R/ECON Forecast November 2023

November 9th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: R/ECON Forecast November 2023

By Will Irving. R/ECON’s economic forecast for New Jersey as of November 2023 shows slow or stagnant growth over the next five to six quarters, with GDP recovering to a steady but tepid rate of increase in 2025. This largely mirrors the U.S. trajectory [...]

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Healthcare Inequities in Palliative Care

November 6th, 2023|Comments Off on Healthcare Inequities in Palliative Care

By Heather O’Donnell. Palliative care focuses on decreasing the emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual distress of individuals with life-threatening illnesses and their caregivers to improve their quality of life [...]

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Voices from Camden County – Amplifying Community Transportation Priorities and Recommendations

November 3rd, 2023|Comments Off on Voices from Camden County – Amplifying Community Transportation Priorities and Recommendations

By Carla Villacis, M.A., Devon Ziminski, M.S., Kristin Curtis, M.A., & Mavis Asiedu-Frimpong, J.D., M.P.H. Transportation continues to be an area of focus in the Southern New Jersey region. In recent months, Senator Walter Rand Institute (WRI) researchers [...]

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How Can Institutions and Communities Work Together to Reengage “COVID-Disconnected” College Students?

October 26th, 2023|Comments Off on How Can Institutions and Communities Work Together to Reengage “COVID-Disconnected” College Students?

By Robyn Ince, Ed.M., Elisabeth Kim, Ph.D., and Bernie Lombardi, Ph.D. The Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) is working in partnership with the New Jersey State Policy Lab to explore how institutions and communities in the city of Newark might work together to reengage “COVID-disconnected” college students [...]

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Examining Low-Income Community Solar Program and Energy Justice in New Jersey: An AI-based Crowdsourcing Study

October 23rd, 2023|Comments Off on Examining Low-Income Community Solar Program and Energy Justice in New Jersey: An AI-based Crowdsourcing Study

By Yao Sun. The 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan: Pathway to 2050 mentioned that the state’s Clean Energy Act commitments include, “Developing a community solar program that allows more state residents to benefit from solar energy [...]

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Initiating Buprenorphine Treatment in Emergency Departments: A Promising Strategy for Reducing Opioid Overdoses

October 19th, 2023|Comments Off on Initiating Buprenorphine Treatment in Emergency Departments: A Promising Strategy for Reducing Opioid Overdoses

By Stephen Crystal and James Lloyd. As the crisis of opioid use disorder (OUD) spread throughout the United States, the health care system took action to develop new treatments and approaches to treating people with OUD. Although methadone maintenance treatment had been implemented [...]

Digital Technologies Might Not Necessarily Reduce Cognitive Bias and Inequality

October 16th, 2023|Comments Off on Digital Technologies Might Not Necessarily Reduce Cognitive Bias and Inequality

By Canyu Gao Human decision-making is complex and shaped by a variety of factors that sometimes result in ostensibly irrational behavior. Despite significant progress in documenting factors that systematically bias decision-making, much less is known [...]

Walking Together Over Uncertain Terrain: The Role of Professional Associations During Times of Policy Change 

October 9th, 2023|Comments Off on Walking Together Over Uncertain Terrain: The Role of Professional Associations During Times of Policy Change 

Educator preparation programs (EPPs) in New Jersey are engaged in a nonstop cycle of recruiting, training, and graduating teachers for the state, which has experienced a severe teacher shortage. The design and practices of these programs [...]

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Report Release: The Relationship Between New Jerseyans’ Digital Literacy, Perceptions of E-Government, & Trust in the State Government

October 5th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: The Relationship Between New Jerseyans’ Digital Literacy, Perceptions of E-Government, & Trust in the State Government

By Seulki Lee-Geiller and Abigail Alcala. Public trust in government is crucial for a functioning democratic society as it signifies a belief that government has the right to govern and make decisions on behalf of the population [...]

New Jersey Ranks First in Income, but Housing Costs Take a Hefty Share Especially for those with Lower Incomes

October 2nd, 2023|Comments Off on New Jersey Ranks First in Income, but Housing Costs Take a Hefty Share Especially for those with Lower Incomes

By William Irving. Data released earlier this month from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey show that New Jersey now tops the list of states with the highest incomes in the country [...]

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Data Brief Release: Inflation Hurts Everyone but Some More than Others in New Jersey 

September 28th, 2023|Comments Off on Data Brief Release: Inflation Hurts Everyone but Some More than Others in New Jersey 

By Jocelyn Fischer and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers. Inflation levels in the U.S. have reached decades-long highs during the COVID-19 pandemic and in its wake.  Because inflation can erode people’s ability to afford the goods and services they need, the recent uptick in inflation has raised concerns [...]

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The Economic Issues Impacting College Enrollment

September 25th, 2023|Comments Off on The Economic Issues Impacting College Enrollment

By James Barrett. As of May 2023, the National Student Clearinghouse published their annual Current Term Enrollment Estimates, painting a bleak picture of the state of college enrollment across the nation. Public two-year enrollments dropped 10.1% [...]

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Report Release: First, Do No Harm: Algorithms, AI, and Digital Product Liability

September 21st, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: First, Do No Harm: Algorithms, AI, and Digital Product Liability

By Marc Pfeiffer. The relatively recent introduction of publicly accessible artificial intelligence driven chatbots (e.g., Bard, Bing, ChatGPT, Claude) have focused public attention on the broader individual and societal harms that can result from algorithms [...]

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After-School Programs and Students’ Academic Behavior in New Jersey: Current Situation and Future Development

September 18th, 2023|Comments Off on After-School Programs and Students’ Academic Behavior in New Jersey: Current Situation and Future Development

By Xiao Liang After-school programs in the United States can be traced back to the late 19th century, developed from historical changes in children’s participation in the labor force market, the introduction of formal schooling [...]

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The New Jersey State Policy Lab Announces Ten New Research Projects

September 14th, 2023|Comments Off on The New Jersey State Policy Lab Announces Ten New Research Projects

By Stuart Shapiro. One of the greatest pleasures of working with the New Jersey State Policy Lab is being able to see so much of the wonderful work being done across the state to improve policymaking in New Jersey [...]

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Barriers to Accessing Primary Care in New Jersey

September 11th, 2023|Comments Off on Barriers to Accessing Primary Care in New Jersey

By Taylor Hughes. Primary care is often considered the gateway into the healthcare system. Primary care services include preventing and treating common illnesses– but that’s not everything [...]

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How to Improve Physical Activity Rates in Underserved Populations

September 7th, 2023|Comments Off on How to Improve Physical Activity Rates in Underserved Populations

By Heather O’Donnell. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) aids in the prevention of premature mortality and chronic diseases, such as coronary and heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancers [...]

  • Risk Perception of Cannabis Use in Young Adults

Risk Perception of Cannabis Use in Young Adults 

September 5th, 2023|Comments Off on Risk Perception of Cannabis Use in Young Adults 

By Sofia Wernyj. Research suggests that the younger a person begins using cannabis, the higher the likelihood of them developing a dependence on the drug. Studies done on states that have legalized recreational marijuana indicate [...]

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Food Insecurity in New Jersey – Policy Solutions and Improvements  

August 31st, 2023|Comments Off on Food Insecurity in New Jersey – Policy Solutions and Improvements  

By Ciera Gaither.  The most recent Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement (CPS FSS) reported that 10.2% of American households are food insecure, impacting more than 30 million people. In comparison, 8% of  New Jersey residents experienced food insecurity in 2020 [...]

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What Will It Take to Eliminate Pedestrian and Bicycle Fatalities in NJ?

August 24th, 2023|Comments Off on What Will It Take to Eliminate Pedestrian and Bicycle Fatalities in NJ?

By Hannah Younes, Ph.D., Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP, Robert Noland, Ph.D., Sean Meehan In 2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced its Vision for Roadway Safety in which the agency aims to eliminate deaths [...]

  • The Risks of Limiting Prescribed Opioids

The Risks of Limiting Prescribed Opioids

August 21st, 2023|Comments Off on The Risks of Limiting Prescribed Opioids

By Julia Snyder. One response to the opioid crisis and the high rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) throughout the country has been the creation of state policies that place restrictions on opioid prescriptions.  These policies limit the duration and dosage of short-term opioid prescriptions [...]

  • Summer Intern Presentations
  • 2023 NJSPL Summer Interns - Sofia Wernyj, Jesskomar Velarde Gargot, Maia Hill, Ciera Gaither, Xiao Liang, Taylor Hughes, Christopher Gomes, and Anisaa Jean-Pierre
  • 2023 NJSPL Summer Internship Program - Josephine O'Grady, Jesskomar Velarde Gargot, Sofia Wernyj, Dr. Elizabeth Cooner, Maia Hill, Ciera Gaither, Xiao Liang, Taylor Hughes, Christopher Gomes, Anisaa Jean-Pierre, and Molly Basdeo Mountjoy

New Jersey State Policy Lab Summer Internship Summit

August 18th, 2023|Comments Off on New Jersey State Policy Lab Summer Internship Summit

The New Jersey State Policy Lab held the 2023 Summer Internship presentations at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy on August 17, 2023. The eight summer interns each presented [...]

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How Can Digital Credentialing in the Safety Net Meet the Needs of Domestic Violence Survivors?

August 14th, 2023|Comments Off on How Can Digital Credentialing in the Safety Net Meet the Needs of Domestic Violence Survivors?

By Andrea Hetling and Abigail Alcala. Administrative burdens are the costs and barriers individuals face when accessing government services. Such burdens are one reason why low-income families, who often need the most support from public sources [...]

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The Times They are a Changin​​​’​​​ – Shifts in Teacher Education Assessment Policy​​​​​ 

August 10th, 2023|Comments Off on The Times They are a Changin​​​’​​​ – Shifts in Teacher Education Assessment Policy​​​​​ 

By Emily Hodge, Rachel Garver, and Drew Gitomer. What happens on the ground ​​​​when years of strong state control and authority over teacher licensure is suddenly minimized?  In what ways do local educational institutions change and maintain practices [...]

  • Analyzing Child-Care Provider Subsidies in New Jersey: Issues, Impacts, and Options

Report Release: Analyzing Child-Care Provider Subsidies in New Jersey: Issues, Impacts, and Options

August 7th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: Analyzing Child-Care Provider Subsidies in New Jersey: Issues, Impacts, and Options

By Andrea Hetling. Public child-care subsidies are designed to reduce the financial burdens of child care for households that meet certain income thresholds in order to improve employment and/or educational opportunities for parents and other legal guardians. In New Jersey, child-care subsidy payments [...]

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Report Release: Access to Nature for People with Disabilities: Barriers, Challenges, and Opportunities

August 3rd, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: Access to Nature for People with Disabilities: Barriers, Challenges, and Opportunities

By Josephine O’Grady. In New Jersey, 24% of the population has a disability. People with disabilities suffer from a wide range of health disparities, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Through the Inclusive Healthy Communities (IHC) Grant Program, initiatives in New Jersey are underway [...]

  • Cybersecurity and Telemedicine

Growing Cybersecurity Concerns for Telehealth Services  

July 27th, 2023|Comments Off on Growing Cybersecurity Concerns for Telehealth Services  

By Heather Butler and Soumitra Bhuyan. Healthcare organizations are increasingly vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches, which put patients’ safety, privacy, and financial stability at risk. Statistics have shown that from 2014 to 2022, 14,655 data breaches were reported in the United States [...]

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Validating the Impact of a Community-Engaged Approach on Persistence with Digital Technology Among Older Adults

July 24th, 2023|Comments Off on Validating the Impact of a Community-Engaged Approach on Persistence with Digital Technology Among Older Adults

By Epiphany Munz, Donita Devance, and Diane Hill, Ph.D. The Office of University-Community Partnerships/Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement (OUCP/CHECE) and Advocates for Healthy Living Initiative (AHLI) approach to keep older adults engaged and [...]

  • New Jersey State Policy Lab Summer Interns Tour NJ State House

New Jersey State Policy Lab Summer Interns Visit NJ State House

July 20th, 2023|Comments Off on New Jersey State Policy Lab Summer Interns Visit NJ State House

By Megan McCue. This week, the NJSPL summer interns visited the New Jersey State House in Trenton as part of their ongoing public policy research and curriculum. The students met with various public servants, including a state legislator, mayors, policy advisor, and other staff [...]

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Policy Lab Researchers Attend the Public Management Research Conference 2023

July 17th, 2023|Comments Off on Policy Lab Researchers Attend the Public Management Research Conference 2023

By Stephanie Walsh and Jinah Yoo. Two researchers affiliated with the New Jersey State Policy Lab, Dr. Stephanie Walsh and doctoral student Jinah Yoo, attended the Public Management Research Association’s Public Management Research Conference (PMRC) in Utrecht, the Netherlands [...]

  • Telehealth and Chronic Disease

Satisfaction with Telehealth Among Adults with Chronic Disease

July 10th, 2023|Comments Off on Satisfaction with Telehealth Among Adults with Chronic Disease

By Betia Zeng Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S., accounting for over 1.7 million deaths annually. The total cost of chronic disease totals $3.7 trillion annually, including healthcare costs and lost economic productivity [...]

  • Household Expenses in New Jersey

Nearly Half of NJ Residents Struggled to Pay Household Expenses, New Jersey State Policy Lab Finds

July 3rd, 2023|Comments Off on Nearly Half of NJ Residents Struggled to Pay Household Expenses, New Jersey State Policy Lab Finds

By Megan McCue. More New Jerseyans are finding it difficult to pay for typical household expenses, according to a follow-up survey conducted by the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. Five questions from the first survey, originally published in July 2022 [...]

  • Nursing Burnout in New Jersey

New Jersey’s Nursing Shortage: Burnout, Staffing, and More

June 29th, 2023|Comments Off on New Jersey’s Nursing Shortage: Burnout, Staffing, and More

By Julia Snyder. Across New Jersey, healthcare facilities are facing a shortage of nurses as the profession struggles to sustain its workforce.  About one-third of nurses have left clinical care at hospitals across NJ in the past three years [...]

  • Telehealth Burnout

Telehealth May Worsen Physician Burnout: How to Avoid It

June 26th, 2023|Comments Off on Telehealth May Worsen Physician Burnout: How to Avoid It

By Aakanksha Deoli and Esther Martinez. Telehealth has been found to increase healthcare access, especially among vulnerable populations. During the pandemic, it ensured continuity of care while limiting exposure and kept mild cases outside of the hospital [...]

  • Roadside Tree Removal

Roadside Tree Removal: The Need for Collaborative Decision-Making

June 22nd, 2023|Comments Off on Roadside Tree Removal: The Need for Collaborative Decision-Making

By Ellen Oettinger White and Robert B. Noland. Many state highway agencies approach transportation safety from the perspective of maintaining fast and free-flowing traffic. As such, highway design guidelines specify a “clear zone” along highways [...]

  • Telehealth and Cancer Patients

Telehealth for Cancer Care: Opportunities and Challenges

June 19th, 2023|Comments Off on Telehealth for Cancer Care: Opportunities and Challenges

By Meenal Gaekwad, Heather Butler, and Soumitra Bhuyan. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a significant disruption in the healthcare system in the United States, which has increased the demand for telecommunication and technology [...]

  • Youth Mental Health in New Jersey Report

Report Release: Youth Mental Health in New Jersey: Current Status and Opportunities for Improved Services

June 15th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: Youth Mental Health in New Jersey: Current Status and Opportunities for Improved Services

By Karen Lowrie and Brooke Schwartzman. Teens of today have faced major shifts in societal, environmental, community, familial, and individual spheres, heightened by racial and school-based violence and the COVID-19 pandemic, creating challenges [...]

  • STEM Focus in New Jersey High Schools

Do New Jersey High Schools Have STEM Focus? Piloting New Measures

June 12th, 2023|Comments Off on Do New Jersey High Schools Have STEM Focus? Piloting New Measures

By Vandeen Campbell High schools’ focus on STEM is a key feature of the ongoing study of the relationship between science course sequences, college enrollment, and pursuing STEM fields for students in New Jersey. Alongside the question of what types of science course sequences are predictive [...]

  • New Jersey School Aid Formula

Report Release: The Impact of Eliminating Adjustment Aid for School Districts in New Jersey

June 8th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: The Impact of Eliminating Adjustment Aid for School Districts in New Jersey

By Michael S. Hayes. In 2018, New Jersey implemented the S-2 bill, which aimed to reduce adjustment aid to school districts in the state. The objective of this policy was to end a practice of “overfunding” school districts, which had it not been for the adjustment aid [...]

  • Reducing Administrative Burdens

Does Reducing Administrative Burdens Increase Trust in Government?

June 5th, 2023|Comments Off on Does Reducing Administrative Burdens Increase Trust in Government?

By Abigail Alcala. Political support of safety net and welfare programs in the United States has dwindled over the past few decades, with increasing sentiment that means-tested programs should be limited and conditional on certain behavioral requirements [...]

  • Energy Equity Evaluation Metrics

Energy Equity Evaluation Metrics

June 1st, 2023|Comments Off on Energy Equity Evaluation Metrics

By Tarun Reddy Arasu. Energy efficiency programs that focus on equity acknowledge and address past injustices by involving marginalized communities in decision-making and proactively ensuring that all residents have equal access to benefits [...]

  • Medicaid Unwinding in New Jersey

Medicaid Unwinding: What It is and How New Jersey Plans to Address It

May 25th, 2023|Comments Off on Medicaid Unwinding: What It is and How New Jersey Plans to Address It

By Amanda Hinton. As the public health emergency (PHE) ended last month the fate of many Medicaid enrollees still hangs in the balance. The continuous enrollment provision of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act [...]

  • Access to clean water in New Jersey

Community and Climate Dynamics: Projections for Water Assistance in New Jersey and Beyond

May 22nd, 2023|Comments Off on Community and Climate Dynamics: Projections for Water Assistance in New Jersey and Beyond

By Josephine O’Grady. Due to a diverse range of water needs among communities, implementing water assistance programs continues to be a challenge in the United States. In 2016, an estimated 15 million Americans experienced water shutoffs [...]

  • One Million More Acres Report

Report Release: One Million More Acres: We’re One-Third of the Way There…

May 17th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: One Million More Acres: We’re One-Third of the Way There…

By Thomas G. Dallessio. As the nation’s most densely populated state, New Jersey has a reputation for suburban sprawl development that belies its nickname, “The Garden State.” “You’re from Jersey? What Exit?” is both a joke and a truism for many [...]

  • 15 Minute Neighborhoods in New Jersey

Fifteen-Minute Neighborhoods in New Jersey

May 15th, 2023|Comments Off on Fifteen-Minute Neighborhoods in New Jersey

By Jacob Thompson and Jon Carnegie Over the past several months, researchers from the Voorhees Transportation Center at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy have been leading a graduate planning studio exploring how [...]

  • The Status of New Jersey's Childcare Infrastructure Report

Report Release: The Status of New Jersey’s Childcare Infrastructure

May 10th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: The Status of New Jersey’s Childcare Infrastructure

By Jocelyn Fischer and Debra Lancaster. While children, parents, and employers have felt the sting of childcare market failures for several decades, deficiencies in the market were made more apparent and were more deeply felt as a result of pandemic-related closures and labor shifts [...]

  • Malpractice Risks with Telehealth

Malpractice Risks with Telehealth: The Do’s and Don’ts 

May 8th, 2023|Comments Off on Malpractice Risks with Telehealth: The Do’s and Don’ts 

By Norelle Saada and Aakanksha Deoli  Telehealth gained popularity during the pandemic as virtual visits became a necessity to limit exposure. It soon grew exponentially and reached a record high, where telehealth utilization increased by [...]

  • Surveying seniors on technological devices in New Jersey

Insights on Ageism, Health Care, and the Digital Divide 

May 4th, 2023|Comments Off on Insights on Ageism, Health Care, and the Digital Divide 

By Epiphany Munz, Donita Devance, and Diane Hill, Ph.D. The World Health Organization (WHO) published the Global report on ageism to call attention to the discrimination that older adults face, along with recommendations for a [...]

  • Maternal Mortality in New Jersey

Maternal Health Equity in New Jersey 

May 1st, 2023|Comments Off on Maternal Health Equity in New Jersey 

By Julia Snyder. The CDC and The National Center for Health Statistics released data in March 2023 showing a dramatic rise in the U.S. maternal mortality rate from 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births [...]

  • Using Technology to Reduce SNAP Learning Costs Report

Report Release: Using Technology to Reduce SNAP Learning Costs: Lessons from a Survey Experiment

April 27th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: Using Technology to Reduce SNAP Learning Costs: Lessons from a Survey Experiment

By Stephanie Walsh, Ph.D. Interactions with government processes, whether to renew a driver’s license or apply for public assistance, commonly include frictions referred to as administrative burdens [...]

  • New Jersey State Policy Lab 2nd anniversary

Happy Birthday to Us!

April 24th, 2023|Comments Off on Happy Birthday to Us!

By Stuart Shapiro, Ph.D. Two years ago this week, the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education announced that it was awarding a grant to Rutgers’ Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy [...]

  • How much do New Jerseyans trust the state government? Bar chart

Citizens’ Trust in the New Jersey Government: What Can Data Tell Us?

April 20th, 2023|Comments Off on Citizens’ Trust in the New Jersey Government: What Can Data Tell Us?

By Seulki Lee & Abigail Alcala. A democratic government only works when there is mutual trust between the people and those elected into positions of power to represent the citizen's values and beliefs. Without that, the core tenets of democracy are diminished [...]

  • Mary Feeney Upcoming Presentation in Newark & New Brunswick

Upcoming Events: Strategies and Processes for Grant-Getting in New Brunswick & Newark

April 17th, 2023|Comments Off on Upcoming Events: Strategies and Processes for Grant-Getting in New Brunswick & Newark

The New Jersey State Policy Lab will be hosting two in-person speaking engagements on April 27th and April 28th, presented by Dr. Mary Feeney, entitled "Strategies and Processes for Grant-Getting: NSF Social and Economic Service." [...]

  • Summer Internship

Summer Internship Now Accepting Applications Until April 28th

April 13th, 2023|Comments Off on Summer Internship Now Accepting Applications Until April 28th

The New Jersey State Policy Lab 2023 Summer Internship is still open and accepting applications from current Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students until April 28th. The Policy Lab is seeking a diverse pool of candidates [...]

  • People with Disabilities in Nature

Access to Nature for People with Disabilities: Updated Findings and Implications for New Jersey

April 10th, 2023|Comments Off on Access to Nature for People with Disabilities: Updated Findings and Implications for New Jersey

By Josephine O’Grady In New Jersey, one in five adults has a disability (CDC, 2022a). New Jersey residents with disabilities have higher rates of depression, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease than residents without a disability. [...]

  • Digital Divide in NJ

Digital Divide in New Jersey

April 6th, 2023|Comments Off on Digital Divide in New Jersey

By Tarun Reddy Arasu. An increasing disparity is developing between individuals who possess the means and abilities to access and utilize the internet and digital technologies and those who lack such resources and expertise [...]

  • New Jersey State Policy Lab Summer Internship

Apply Now for the New Jersey State Policy Lab Summer Internship

March 30th, 2023|Comments Off on Apply Now for the New Jersey State Policy Lab Summer Internship

The New Jersey State Policy Lab is now accepting applications for the Summer 2023 Internship Program, and interested students can apply here. This paid, 10-week internship will run from June 13 to August 17 and is open [...]

Walking During and After the Pandemic

March 27th, 2023|Comments Off on Walking During and After the Pandemic

By Robert B. Noland, Hannah Younes, Leigh Ann Von Hagen, James Sinclair. During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic when non-essential businesses were closed and entertainment options were limited, one could observe a noticeable increase in walking activity [...]

  • New Jersey Digital Literacy Initiative

Digital Inequity: New Jersey State Digital Literacy Initiative

March 23rd, 2023|Comments Off on Digital Inequity: New Jersey State Digital Literacy Initiative

By Diego Gudino-Martinez & Leonor Camarena, Ph.D. (Indiana University). It is safe to say that COVID-19 has both illustrated and influenced the dependence the United States educational system has on technology. Existing education inequalities were worsened by a rapid shift towards virtual learning that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic's beginnings [...]

  • Student-Teacher Diversity Gap

Understanding the Teacher-Student ‘Diversity Gap’ and Discipline Rates in New Jersey

March 20th, 2023|Comments Off on Understanding the Teacher-Student ‘Diversity Gap’ and Discipline Rates in New Jersey

By James Barnett. Through collaborations with the Joseph C. Cornwall Center at Rutgers-Newark, the New Jersey State Policy Lab has provided ongoing, rigorous research on the subject of discipline disparities in New Jersey K-12 schools through multiple reports and articles [...]

  • ARez

Developing, Validating, and Deploying the ARez Resilience Framework in New Jersey

March 16th, 2023|Comments Off on Developing, Validating, and Deploying the ARez Resilience Framework in New Jersey

By Michel Boufadel. In the wake of the increasing impacts of climate change, governments and businesses are assessing how climate-related risks may manifest and differ from historical experience, and how resilience can be integrated within decision-making and planning processes [...]

  • Telemedicine and the Latinx population

Can Telemedicine Bridge the Health Equity Gap in the Latinx Population?

March 13th, 2023|Comments Off on Can Telemedicine Bridge the Health Equity Gap in the Latinx Population?

By C. Sophia Carvajal and Aakanksha Deoli. The rapid growth of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic was instrumental in ensuring continued healthcare access through the virtual delivery of healthcare services [...]

  • High School Science Courses

Why Does the High School Science Course Sequence Matter?

March 9th, 2023|Comments Off on Why Does the High School Science Course Sequence Matter?

By Vandeen A. Campbell, Ph.D. Why does the sequencing of high school science courses matter? This essential question puts an emphasis not only on the combination of science courses taken in high school but also [...]

  • One Million Acres New Jersey Open Space Map

One Million Acres or Bust: Initial Findings

March 6th, 2023|Comments Off on One Million Acres or Bust: Initial Findings

By Eric Harris. Although the most densely-populated state in the nation, New Jersey has a strong legacy of preserving open space. But how are we doing lately?

  • Bicycling in NJ

Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Spark a Bicycling Boom?

February 27th, 2023|Comments Off on Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Spark a Bicycling Boom?

By Robert B. Noland, Hannah Younes, Leigh Ann Von Hagen, and James Sinclair During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Spring of 2020, there were reports of a surge in bicycling activity.  [...]

  • People with Disabilities and nature

Ensuring Access to Nature and Outdoor Recreation: Advancing Health Equity for People with Disabilities

February 23rd, 2023|Comments Off on Ensuring Access to Nature and Outdoor Recreation: Advancing Health Equity for People with Disabilities

By Jeanne Herb. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 21% of New Jersey adults have some type of disability. CDC reports that people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases [...]

  • New Jersey School Aid Formula

How Did the 2018 Revision of New Jersey’s School Aid Formula Impact the Distribution of State Funding Across New Jersey School Districts?

February 20th, 2023|Comments Off on How Did the 2018 Revision of New Jersey’s School Aid Formula Impact the Distribution of State Funding Across New Jersey School Districts?

By Michael S. Hayes, Ph.D. The School Reform Funding Act of 2008 (SRFA) was designed to create a new school funding formula to end a long cycle of failed legislative attempts to reduce school spending [...]

  • Garden State Open Data Index

Report Release: Garden State Open Data Index

February 16th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: Garden State Open Data Index

By Jim Samuel. Open data and artificial intelligence (AI) are vital for future value creation. The value of aligning open data with AI development and deployment requirements has been elaborated upon in the Garden State Open Data Index (GSODI) 2023 report [...]

  • Energy Equity in New Jersey

Addressing Energy Inequity in New Jersey: Recommendations for Effective Policy Implementation

February 13th, 2023|Comments Off on Addressing Energy Inequity in New Jersey: Recommendations for Effective Policy Implementation

By Tarun Reddy Arasu The United States, in general, and New Jersey specifically, are undergoing significant changes in energy production, with a focus on transitioning away from carbon-intensive sources and towards clean energy. In an [...]

  • The Perkins Acts - Technical School

Perkins Act: A Key Component to Bringing Everyone into the Digital Age

February 9th, 2023|Comments Off on Perkins Act: A Key Component to Bringing Everyone into the Digital Age

By Abigail Alcala. The Perkins Act, or its most recent iteration, which went into effect in 2019, called Strengthening Career and Technical Education in the 21st Century, is facing the end of its run in the coming year of 2024 [...]

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Removing Technology Barriers to Address Health Equity Among Older Adults

February 6th, 2023|Comments Off on Removing Technology Barriers to Address Health Equity Among Older Adults

By Donita Devance, Dr. Diane Hill, and Epiphany Munz. COVID-19 changed the way we communicate and interact globally, while underscoring deep inequities in access to the internet and digital technology, notably among urban-dwelling older adults on fixed low-incomes [...]

  • New Jersey Educative Teacher Performance Assessment

The Future of Educator Performance Assessments in New Jersey

February 2nd, 2023|Comments Off on The Future of Educator Performance Assessments in New Jersey

By Drew Gitomer, Emily Hodge, and Rachel Garver On December 16, 2022, Governor Murphy signed legislation that removes the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) as a statewide requirement for teacher certification in New Jersey. The edTPA, adopted by New Jersey in 2016, is an assessment [...]

Aspects of Energy Inequity in New Jersey

January 30th, 2023|Comments Off on Aspects of Energy Inequity in New Jersey

By Tarun Reddy Arasu New Jersey is the fourth smallest state in terms of land area and is the most densely populated state in the United States. Over the past few decades, compounded by rapid [...]

  • Youth Mental Health Services in New Jersey

Youth Mental Health in New Jersey: Current Status and Opportunities for Support Service Improvement

January 26th, 2023|Comments Off on Youth Mental Health in New Jersey: Current Status and Opportunities for Support Service Improvement

By Karen Lowrie and Brooke Schwartzman. Childhood, particularly adolescence, has always been marked by challenges, as youth learn to navigate the world. But times are changing; youth of today have faced major shifts in societal, environmental, community, familial, and individual spheres [...]

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15-Minute Neighborhoods:  Lessons from Outside New Jersey

January 23rd, 2023|Comments Off on 15-Minute Neighborhoods:  Lessons from Outside New Jersey

By Jon Carnegie, James Kenah, and Maarten Roose. Fifteen-minute neighborhoods provide residents with access to frequent and reliable public transit, parks, schools, gathering places, social services, places to buy healthy fresh food, and other amenities within a comfortable walk or bike ride [...]

  • New Jersey Childcare Access

Literature Review & Policy Menu: How Can the Government Improve New Jersey Families’ Access to Childcare?

January 19th, 2023|Comments Off on Literature Review & Policy Menu: How Can the Government Improve New Jersey Families’ Access to Childcare?

By Jocelyn Fischer and Debra Lancaster. Childcare is unaffordable for many families.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deems affordable childcare costs as those that are no more than 7 percent of families’ incomes [...]

  • NJ Education & Tax Rates

Property Tax Rates and Quality of K-12 Education in New Jersey Communities

January 17th, 2023|Comments Off on Property Tax Rates and Quality of K-12 Education in New Jersey Communities

by James Barnett New Jersey is consistent in featuring at the top of the ranks for two different variables: effective real estate property tax rates and quality of K-12 education services.[1][2] These, unsurprisingly to most [...]

  • ARez Community Resilience in New Jersey

Report Release: Enhancing the Resilience of New Jersey Communities Using ARez

January 12th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: Enhancing the Resilience of New Jersey Communities Using ARez

By Michel C. Boufadel, Ph.D., New Jersey Institute of Technology; Firas Gerges, Ph.D., Princeton University; and Hani Nassif, Ph.D., Rutgers University – New Brunswick. The New Jersey State Policy Lab has released a new report in collaboration with researchers [...]

  • New Jersey MOD Database

Introducing the New Jersey MOD IV Historical Database

January 9th, 2023|Comments Off on Introducing the New Jersey MOD IV Historical Database

By Marc Pfeiffer and Lucas Marxen The NJ MOD IV Historical Database is an online, searchable database of New Jersey MOD IV parcel information data sets from 1989 to 2022.  Providing land parcel and property [...]

  • Math Course-taking in New Jersey High Schools

Report Release: Disparities in High-Leverage Mathematics Course-Taking in New Jersey, 2016-2020

January 5th, 2023|Comments Off on Report Release: Disparities in High-Leverage Mathematics Course-Taking in New Jersey, 2016-2020

By Vandeen A. Campbell, Ph.D. The New Jersey State Policy Lab, in collaboration with the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, is releasing a report that examines patterns in high school math course-taking across New Jersey [...]

  • Technology & Government

Utilizing Technology to Facilitate Citizen-Government Interactions

December 22nd, 2022|Comments Off on Utilizing Technology to Facilitate Citizen-Government Interactions

by Mauricio Astudillo Rodas Public organizations are expected to improve people's lives by correctly delivering goods and services. These organizations must be transparent and accountable to different actors because constituents expect good use of their [...]

  • Asian American Women

It’s Time to Disaggregate Data for Asian Americans: Subgroup Differences Among Asian Women

December 19th, 2022|Comments Off on It’s Time to Disaggregate Data for Asian Americans: Subgroup Differences Among Asian Women

By Amanda Hinton In a follow-up to my previous blog post about the dangers of data aggregation for Asian Americans in research, I would like to dive deeper into examining disparities among women. Asian American [...]

  • Science Courses in NJ

Science Course Pathways in NJ’s High Schools and Postsecondary Outcomes in STEM

December 15th, 2022|Comments Off on Science Course Pathways in NJ’s High Schools and Postsecondary Outcomes in STEM

By Vandeen A. Campbell, Ph.D. With funding from the New Jersey State Policy Lab, the American Education Research Association (AERA), and National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Grant Program, the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan [...]

  • Optical character recognition

Smart OCR – Advancing the Use of Artificial Intelligence with Open Data

December 12th, 2022|Comments Off on Smart OCR – Advancing the Use of Artificial Intelligence with Open Data

By Parth Jain, Abhinay Mannepalli, Raj Parikh, and Jim Samuel Optical character recognition (OCR) is growing at a projected compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16%, and is expected to have a value of 39.7 billion USD by 2030 [...]

  • Childcare Supply-Demand in New Jersey

Data Brief Release: A Supply-Demand Model Informs Childcare Market Deficits in New Jersey: Estimates Point to Need for More Data

December 8th, 2022|Comments Off on Data Brief Release: A Supply-Demand Model Informs Childcare Market Deficits in New Jersey: Estimates Point to Need for More Data

By Sarah F. Small and Debra Lancaster. Failing childcare markets have been detrimental to the US economy in recent years.[1] We have examined the childcare crisis in New Jersey from both the supply side and the demand side [...]

  • Holiday Dinner

‘Tis the Season: An Inflationary Lamentation

December 5th, 2022|Comments Off on ‘Tis the Season: An Inflationary Lamentation

By Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, but all reports are not yet in. Adobe Analytics reports that online sales on Black Friday hit a new [...]

  • Digital Literacy & Telehealth

Digital Literacy, Telehealth Equity, and Healthcare Access are Interrelated: Here is How

December 1st, 2022|Comments Off on Digital Literacy, Telehealth Equity, and Healthcare Access are Interrelated: Here is How

By Betia Zeng and Aakanksha Deoli The growth and expansion of telehealth services have been well documented since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many patients opted to use telehealth to alleviate transportation, time, and convenience barriers. While telehealth [...]

  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
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  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation

APPAM Fall 2022 Conference: SNAP Administrative Burdens Presentation

November 28th, 2022|Comments Off on APPAM Fall 2022 Conference: SNAP Administrative Burdens Presentation

By Stephanie Walsh In the context of governmental services, administrative burdens refer to the costs and barriers experienced by individuals. When burdens are high, the costs associated with benefit of public goods or services hinder [...]

  • FAFSA, CCOG, and GSG case study

Case Study Release: Parents and Students’ Perceptions of the CCOG and GSG

November 22nd, 2022|Comments Off on Case Study Release: Parents and Students’ Perceptions of the CCOG and GSG

By Elisabeth Kim, Ph.D., Bernard Lombardi, Ph.D., and Robyn Ince, Ed.M. The Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) and the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University-Newark are working in partnership with the New Jersey State Policy Lab [...]

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP)

Heat or Eat? The Low-Income Home Energy Distribution Program (LIHEAP) and Its Implications for New Jersey

November 17th, 2022|Comments Off on Heat or Eat? The Low-Income Home Energy Distribution Program (LIHEAP) and Its Implications for New Jersey

By Josephine O'Grady. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) is a federal block grant program that assists low-income families with the cost of paying their utility bills in areas including extreme heat and cold, household revisions to improve energy efficiency [...]

  • Childcare shortages in New Jersey

Supporting Childcare Capacity: A Policy Menu for New Jersey

November 10th, 2022|Comments Off on Supporting Childcare Capacity: A Policy Menu for New Jersey

By Sarah F. Small, Jocelyn Fischer, Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, and Debra Lancaster. With New Jersey facing childcare shortages, policymakers are wondering how we can improve the supply of childcare services [...]

  • Telework in NJ

Modernization of the Public Sector: Evaluating Technology and Teleworking Initiatives in New Jersey State Agencies

November 7th, 2022|Comments Off on Modernization of the Public Sector: Evaluating Technology and Teleworking Initiatives in New Jersey State Agencies

By Leonor Camarena, Ph.D. Modernizing the Public Sector Workforce In January 2022, Gallup released a list of seven workplace insights and takeaways from employees following the height of the pandemic during 2021. The key themes [...]

  • Hurricane Sandy 10th Anniversary

2022 New Jersey Climate Survey – Rutgers-Eagleton Poll Results

November 2nd, 2022|Comments Off on 2022 New Jersey Climate Survey – Rutgers-Eagleton Poll Results

As we mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, and more than a year since Hurricane Ida, the vast majority of New Jerseyans (78 percent) believe the Earth’s climate is changing and consider changing climate [...]

  • School Staffing Pre- and Post-Pandemic

Assessing Pre- and Post-Pandemic School Staffing Changes in New Jersey

October 27th, 2022|Comments Off on Assessing Pre- and Post-Pandemic School Staffing Changes in New Jersey

By Maia de la Calle Pandemic-related school closures posed several challenges to students and their families, including learning losses, adverse socioemotional and mental health outcomes, and food insecurity. The pandemic and associated school closures also [...]

  • AI Open Data Public Good

Artificial Intelligence and Open Data for Public Good: Implications for Public Policy

October 24th, 2022|Comments Off on Artificial Intelligence and Open Data for Public Good: Implications for Public Policy

By Nishitha Chidipothu, Snigdha Mishra, Shiya John and Jim Samuel “Data has the power to revolutionize and disrupt the way societies are governed” - Rikkus Duus and Mike Cooray Artificial Intelligence (AI), adaptive AI technologies, and [...]

  • Stress Levels of E-Scooter Riders

Exploring Stress Levels of E-Scooter Riders

October 20th, 2022|Comments Off on Exploring Stress Levels of E-Scooter Riders

By Wenwen Zhang, Hannah Younes, Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Clint Andrews, and Robert B. Noland. E-scooters are a low-emission and affordable mode of transportation that contributes to environmental and mobility equity goals [...]

  • NJDEP Environmental Justice Action Plan

Advancing Municipal Environmental Justice in New Jersey

October 17th, 2022|Comments Off on Advancing Municipal Environmental Justice in New Jersey

By Jeanne Herb. Over the past year, the New Jersey State Policy Lab has provided support to a collaborative effort of the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the New Jersey Department of Environmental protection [...]

  • Behavioral Health Reimbursement and Unmet Mental Health

Behavioral Health Reimbursement and Unmet Mental Health Needs in NJ

October 13th, 2022|Comments Off on Behavioral Health Reimbursement and Unmet Mental Health Needs in NJ

­By Nduka Vernon According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 29% of non-elderly adults (adults below the age of 65) covered by Medicaid have a mental illness.[1] In addition, of all non-elderly adults with mental illness, [...]

  • Factors of a Recession

What’s a Fed to Do? The Potential Factors of a Recession, Part 2

October 10th, 2022|Comments Off on What’s a Fed to Do? The Potential Factors of a Recession, Part 2

By Michael L. Lahr. As detailed in our previous blog, there are several factors at play in the U.S. economy which may influence the likelihood of a recession. We discussed the Federal Reserve’s decision

  • Inflation Recession Federal Reserve

What’s a Fed to Do? The Potential Factors of a Recession, Part 1

October 6th, 2022|Comments Off on What’s a Fed to Do? The Potential Factors of a Recession, Part 1

By Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™). It’s a tough time to be Jerome Powell. The Federal Reserve Board’s two primary responsibilities are to assure price stability and growth within the U.S. economy, and Jerome Powell is its Chair. As we are painfully aware, prices have been less than stable [...]

  • NASA Photos Depicting Hurricane Sandy Power Outages

Using the Community Intrinsic Resilience Index to Tackle Energy Equity and Budget Deficit in New Jersey

October 3rd, 2022|Comments Off on Using the Community Intrinsic Resilience Index to Tackle Energy Equity and Budget Deficit in New Jersey

By Firas Gerges, Michel Boufadel, and Hani Nassif. The Community Intrinsic Resilience Index (CIRI) captures the intrinsic (i.e., not relative) resilience level of critical community sectors, allowing practitioners and policymakers to make resilience-informed plans and strategies. [...]

  • Opioid Crisis Lifestyle

Intelligent Help for the Opioid Crisis Lifecycle: The Need for an Artificial Intelligence & Informatics-Based Strategy to Address the Opioid Crisis

September 29th, 2022|Comments Off on Intelligent Help for the Opioid Crisis Lifecycle: The Need for an Artificial Intelligence & Informatics-Based Strategy to Address the Opioid Crisis

By Shiya John, Sri Krishna Kaashyap Madabhushi, Nishitha Chidipothu, Jim Samuel. The opioid crisis is affecting all levels of American society regardless of class, ethnicity, gender, or career [...]

  • Hurricane Sandy 10th Anniversary

Evaluating Risk Perception: Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

September 26th, 2022|Comments Off on Evaluating Risk Perception: Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

By Josephine O’Grady. As we approach the 10th anniversary since the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history hit the New Jersey coastline, the lessons have increasingly pointed to conversations about the relationship between awareness, education, and risk perception [...]

Can 15-Minute Neighborhoods Reshape New Jersey’s Landscape?

September 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Can 15-Minute Neighborhoods Reshape New Jersey’s Landscape?

By Jon Carnegie Over the past several years, a number of policy threads have gained prominence in New Jersey. These include adapting to climate change, advancing social justice, and addressing the needs of overburdened communities [...]

  • Adjusted Intercounty Equalized Municipal Tax Rates in New Jersey, 2020

Report Release: What Influences Differences in New Jersey’s Municipal Tax Rates?

September 12th, 2022|Comments Off on Report Release: What Influences Differences in New Jersey’s Municipal Tax Rates?

By Michael Lahr, Tia Azzi, and Maia de la Calle, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service. It is vital for New Jersey policymakers to understand what affects municipal tax rates. In this brief, we analyze local government spending [...]

  • New Jersey Shoreline

Retreat in the 21st Century, Adapting to a New Era of Climate Change

September 8th, 2022|Comments Off on Retreat in the 21st Century, Adapting to a New Era of Climate Change

By Kathyrn Balitsos and Garin Bulger Managed or planned retreat is a climate change adaptation strategy that allows the shoreline to advance inward unimpeded, necessitating the removal of buildings and other built infrastructure. To facilitate [...]

  • NJ Preserving Another Million Acres

One Million More Acres, But Who’s Counting?

September 6th, 2022|Comments Off on One Million More Acres, But Who’s Counting?

By Thomas G. Dallessio. Almost twenty-five years ago, the Governor’s Council on New Jersey Outdoors identified the need to preserve a million more acres of open space, farmland, and historic sites in New Jersey. The Chair of that Council, Former Assemblywoman Maureen Ogden recently passed away [...]

Report Release: Does the Decision to Allow Local Cannabis-Related Businesses Impact Home Sale Prices?

September 1st, 2022|Comments Off on Report Release: Does the Decision to Allow Local Cannabis-Related Businesses Impact Home Sale Prices?

By Michael S. Hayes, Associate Professor, Rutgers University-Camden and Prakash Kandel, Ph.D. Student, Rutgers University-Camden. During the 2020 general election, New Jersey voters approved a ballot question to amend the state constitution to allow residents [...]

  • Senior man video chats with doctor online in telehealth visit

A Second Pandemic: Is telehealth a solution to the mental health crisis in the post-pandemic era?

August 29th, 2022|Comments Off on A Second Pandemic: Is telehealth a solution to the mental health crisis in the post-pandemic era?

by Heather Butler and Aakanksha Deoli The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic engendered a precarious environment that significantly exacerbated existing mental health disorders and triggered new ones. According to Mental Health America, roughly one in [...]

Report Release: New Jersey’s Changing Population and Childcare Needs

August 24th, 2022|Comments Off on Report Release: New Jersey’s Changing Population and Childcare Needs

By Sarah F. Small and Debra Lancaster. Like many parents in the United States, New Jersey parents have faced some formidable obstacles finding accessible quality childcare. This is particularly true given changes in the childcare landscape during COVID-19, as documented in our recent report [...]

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Coastal Adaptation in New Jersey

August 22nd, 2022|Comments Off on Coastal Adaptation in New Jersey

by Josephine O’Grady New Jersey was among the states hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, resulting in 37 billion dollars in community restoration, and severely affecting 40,500 primary residences and 15,600 rental properties. As coastal hazards [...]

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Access Issues Still Persist in Medicaid: How Race, Location, and Physician Capacity all Play a Role

August 18th, 2022|Comments Off on Access Issues Still Persist in Medicaid: How Race, Location, and Physician Capacity all Play a Role

by Amanda Hinton Medicaid enrollees of color, specifically Black and Hispanic patients, are less likely to be able to access care because racial disparities exist within the Medicaid program. A 2020 study examined primary care [...]

  • Doctor online, online medical communication network with patient, Online medical consultation, Doctor through the phone screen using stethoscope checks and analysis health care.

Broadband Connection Access: An Essential Social Determinant of Health in the Digital Era

August 15th, 2022|Comments Off on Broadband Connection Access: An Essential Social Determinant of Health in the Digital Era

by Edgar Romero and Anita Franzione Fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth services and virtual care rapidly expanded and allowed health care providers to continue delivering patient care. However, it is important to address the [...]

  • Everyone plays their part here. Low angle shot of a group of doctors forming a huddle while each holds a puzzle piece inside of a hospital.

Medicaid Expansion Increased Eligibility for Millions but were Racial Disparities Exacerbated in the Process?

August 11th, 2022|Comments Off on Medicaid Expansion Increased Eligibility for Millions but were Racial Disparities Exacerbated in the Process?

by Amanda Hinton Medicaid has long been a vital program that provides a safety net for low-income individuals to obtain health insurance. In 2020, Medicaid covered 17.8 percent of the population in the United States. [...]

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Report Release: Equal Access to STEM Pathways? A Closer Look at Science Course-taking Trends in New Jersey’s High Schools

July 28th, 2022|Comments Off on Report Release: Equal Access to STEM Pathways? A Closer Look at Science Course-taking Trends in New Jersey’s High Schools

By Vandeen Campbell. New Jersey students in high schools segregated by both race and poverty tend not to take advanced science courses.  Only about one-quarter (25%) of high school freshmen in schools segregated by both race [...]

  • Male College Student Meeting With Campus Counselor Discussing Mental Health Issues

Fee-For-Service and Behavioral Health Organizations: Reimbursement for Behavioral Health Services in New Jersey

July 25th, 2022|Comments Off on Fee-For-Service and Behavioral Health Organizations: Reimbursement for Behavioral Health Services in New Jersey

by Nduka Vernon M.D., M.P.H In New Jersey, most behavioral health services for Medicaid patients are reimbursed by NJ FamilyCare–New Jersey’s Medicaid.  NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid reimbursement for a myriad of behavioral health services is enabled through [...]

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Expanding telework beyond pandemics: Potential benefits and challenges for the New Jersey Telework Pilot Program

July 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Expanding telework beyond pandemics: Potential benefits and challenges for the New Jersey Telework Pilot Program

by Jinah Yoo (PhD student), Leonor Camarena, PhD, and Federica Fusi, PhD The growing demands for workplace flexibility coupled with technological advancements have made telework a key element of flexible work arrangements with public organizations. [...]

  • Childcare worker and children

Report Release: New Jersey’s Childcare Landscape During COVID-19: A Slow and Uneven Recovery

July 18th, 2022|Comments Off on Report Release: New Jersey’s Childcare Landscape During COVID-19: A Slow and Uneven Recovery

By Sarah Small and Debra Lancaster. Many New Jersey parents felt the sting of reduced childcare access during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the childcare landscape has not made a recovery [...]

Housing Affordability in New Jersey, 2010-2020

July 11th, 2022|Comments Off on Housing Affordability in New Jersey, 2010-2020

by Maia de la Calle. Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) Housing affordability and ownership accessibility The main expense incurred by New Jersey’s residents is shelter or housing.  As of 2019, New Jersey ranked third in [...]

What Types of New Jersey Municipalities Allow Cannabis-Related Businesses?

July 7th, 2022|Comments Off on What Types of New Jersey Municipalities Allow Cannabis-Related Businesses?

by Michael S. Hayes, Ph.D., Rutgers University-Camden During the Election of 2020, New Jersey citizens voted to legalize the consumption, production, and distribution of cannabis products. While New Jersey municipalities cannot prevent citizens from possessing [...]

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Community Intrinsic Resilience Index (CIRI), a Simple GIS Tool for Decision Making

July 5th, 2022|Comments Off on Community Intrinsic Resilience Index (CIRI), a Simple GIS Tool for Decision Making

by Michel Boufadel, Firas Gerges, and Hani Nassif Resilience is the capacity to endure and recover following a disaster. Enhancing the resilience of communities has been recognized as a major policy decision that brings together [...]

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Prevalence of Child Poverty in New Jersey

June 27th, 2022|Comments Off on Prevalence of Child Poverty in New Jersey

by Maia de la Calle, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) Over the past two decades, children in New Jersey have been more afflicted by poverty than have adults. Growing up in poverty translates to higher [...]

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One Million Acres or Bust: A Quarter Century of Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation

June 23rd, 2022|Comments Off on One Million Acres or Bust: A Quarter Century of Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation

By Thomas G. Dallessio Twenty-four years ago, the Governor’s Council on New Jersey Outdoors released a report that determined, “…the open space needs of our present and future generations greatly outweigh the resources we have [...]

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State CIOs Prioritize Digital Equity After Pandemic

June 20th, 2022|Comments Off on State CIOs Prioritize Digital Equity After Pandemic

by Jessica Cruz Angela Siefer, founder and executive director of the Ohio-based National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), has done digital equity work dating back to the ’90s. Up until 2019, Siefer was encountering many public [...]

Social Media and Individuals’ Environment-Friendly Actions

June 15th, 2022|Comments Off on Social Media and Individuals’ Environment-Friendly Actions

by Vishal Trehan Climate change is one of the wicked problems of our times. It is well established that human activity is the primary cause for drastic changes in the climate over the last seventy [...]

Telehealth Use among Medicare Population during COVID-19: Advancements in Accessibility vs Challenges in Utilization

June 13th, 2022|Comments Off on Telehealth Use among Medicare Population during COVID-19: Advancements in Accessibility vs Challenges in Utilization

By Heather Butler and Aakanksha Deoli Telehealth use in the United States has skyrocketed among healthcare providers and patients since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of telehealth visits [...]

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Perspectives on Poverty in New Jersey, 2008-2020

June 9th, 2022|Comments Off on Perspectives on Poverty in New Jersey, 2008-2020

Maia de la Calle, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) The impact of the pandemic on poverty and inequality continues to be studied at a global and national scale.[1],[2] Although the U.S. Census data have yet [...]

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What to do with all the new transportation funding?

June 6th, 2022|Comments Off on What to do with all the new transportation funding?

Robert B. Noland The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), more commonly known at the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will soon be delivering large amounts of transportation funding to the states, including New Jersey. The Bill [...]

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Report Release: State Equity Initiatives

June 2nd, 2022|Comments Off on Report Release: State Equity Initiatives

By Marilyn Rubin. Government actions have the potential to make a substantial and lasting impact on equity for all residents. One of government’s most powerful levers for advancing equity is its budget [...]

Catalyzing the Information Economy: Moving Towards Strategic Expansions of Open Data-Driven Value Creation

June 1st, 2022|Comments Off on Catalyzing the Information Economy: Moving Towards Strategic Expansions of Open Data-Driven Value Creation

by Shiya John, Snigdha Mishra and Jim Samuel Open data is expected to influence trillions of dollars in global value creation by 2030, as projected by McKinsey Global Institute: “The boost to the economy from [...]

The Revival of Urban Enterprise Zones in New Jersey

May 26th, 2022|Comments Off on The Revival of Urban Enterprise Zones in New Jersey

By Adam Scavette Last summer, then acting New Jersey Governor Sheila Oliver signed legislation to devote $42.5 million toward restoring the state’s Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZ) to full operation for fiscal year 2022. In this [...]

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Advancing Municipal Environmental Justice Action Planning

May 23rd, 2022|Comments Off on Advancing Municipal Environmental Justice Action Planning

By Rachel Brown For more than 50 years, community leaders and researchers have been drawing attention to disproportionate environmental burden and health disparities in low-income and communities of color. Here in New Jersey and as [...]

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Report Release: Pandemic’s Impact on Women in NJ: Domestic Violence, Access to Healthcare and Housing

May 19th, 2022|Comments Off on Report Release: Pandemic’s Impact on Women in NJ: Domestic Violence, Access to Healthcare and Housing

By Sarah Small and Debra Lancaster. With so much economic precarity brought on by the pandemic, many women in New Jersey have been confronted with issues of homelessness and inaccessible healthcare [...]

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Population Density and New Jersey’s Two Largest Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups in 2020

May 16th, 2022|Comments Off on Population Density and New Jersey’s Two Largest Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups in 2020

Tia Azzi and Michael Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) Introduction This is the third brief that reports data on New Jersey from the 2020 decennial census. The first presents a summary dataset that R/Econ™ [...]

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Understanding Awareness and Impact of the Community College Opportunity Grant and the Garden State Guarantee in Newark, NJ

May 12th, 2022|Comments Off on Understanding Awareness and Impact of the Community College Opportunity Grant and the Garden State Guarantee in Newark, NJ

By Elisabeth Kim, Ph.D., Bernie Lombardi, Ph.D., and Robyn Brady Ince, Ed.M. The Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) and the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University-Newark are working in partnership [...]

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Challenges with Telehealth Adoption in Light of a Global Pandemic

May 9th, 2022|Comments Off on Challenges with Telehealth Adoption in Light of a Global Pandemic

Rajisha Shah, Aakanksha Deoli, MHA The COVID-19 pandemic led to a significant increase in telehealth volume and revolutionized healthcare regulatory guidelines for its use. Telehealth expanded access to care, especially during the pandemic, and made [...]

Guilt Tipping and the Inflated Default Tip

May 5th, 2022|Comments Off on Guilt Tipping and the Inflated Default Tip

By Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) In a recent article, New York Times reporter Christina Morales writes about the spread of “tipping fatigue,” noting how electronic screens now recommend tips as high [...]

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Using Creative Informatics and Artificial Intelligence to Address the Drug Addiction Crisis in New Jersey

May 2nd, 2022|Comments Off on Using Creative Informatics and Artificial Intelligence to Address the Drug Addiction Crisis in New Jersey

Shiya John, Gavin Rozzi and Jim Samuel New Jersey has a persistent substance addiction problem which must be viewed in the context of laws, policies, and initiatives implemented to address it. The most recent numbers [...]

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How has COVID Affected Women and Work in New Jersey? Our New Report Investigates

April 27th, 2022|Comments Off on How has COVID Affected Women and Work in New Jersey? Our New Report Investigates

Sarah Small and Debra Lancaster. Women’s work lives have been disrupted in profound ways during COVID-19: in their roles as frontline workers confronting the virus, as caregivers taking on even more unpaid care work at home due to childcare disruptions [...]

U.S. Census Bureau Classification of Arab Populations

April 25th, 2022|Comments Off on U.S. Census Bureau Classification of Arab Populations

by Tia Azzi, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) Introduction to the Arab Community Ethnic identity can be a complex topic, and one that is challenging to adequately capture in national surveys. The Middle East and [...]

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Examining Discipline Disparities in New Jersey’s High Schools

April 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Examining Discipline Disparities in New Jersey’s High Schools

By Elisabeth Kim, Ph.D. and Jamelia Harris, Ph.D. Background and National Trends There is substantial evidence that documents the profound and adversarial consequences of the overreliance on exclusionary discipline practices such as suspensions and expulsions [...]

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Digital Services and Administrative Burdens

April 18th, 2022|Comments Off on Digital Services and Administrative Burdens

By Jessica Cruz and Vishal Trehan Why isn’t the participation rate for the government’s welfare programs at 100%? Why do only 82% of those eligible under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) receive benefits? Given [...]

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From Emergency to Routine: Evaluating the Implementation of Technology for Government after COVID-19

April 4th, 2022|Comments Off on From Emergency to Routine: Evaluating the Implementation of Technology for Government after COVID-19

Leonor Camarena, PhD and Federica Fusi, PhD New Jersey was one of the first states to recognize the significance that technological advancements can have on the workforce and larger community. In October 2018, Governor Murphy [...]

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New Jersey’s Single-Family Housing Markets by County 2021

March 31st, 2022|Comments Off on New Jersey’s Single-Family Housing Markets by County 2021

Naheed Azhar and Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) As the count of listings and asking prices flattened,[i] realtors and creditors predicted a rise in foreclosures and mortgage delinquencies as people were laid [...]

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Use of Telehealth Among Essential Workers During COVID-19

March 28th, 2022|Comments Off on Use of Telehealth Among Essential Workers During COVID-19

Mriga Bansal and Naren Gopal Since December 2020, coronavirus disease (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has been a significant global health concern. In February 2020, the Centers for Disease Control [...]

What’s Up with Gasoline Prices?

March 24th, 2022|Comments Off on What’s Up with Gasoline Prices?

By Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) Here we are in mid-March of 2022 and the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline in New Jersey is $4.335; a year ago [...]

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Release of “Evaluating Evaluations” Report

March 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Release of “Evaluating Evaluations” Report

By Tracy P. Glova. The New Jersey State Policy Lab today issued a report on evidence-based policymaking and program evaluation in New Jersey. “Evaluating Evaluations: Analyzing Evidence‐Based Policymaking in New Jersey and Insights from other Leading States” compares evidence-based practices [...]

Report Release: Enhancing Child Tax Credits’ Support of New Jersey’s Neediest Families

March 16th, 2022|Comments Off on Report Release: Enhancing Child Tax Credits’ Support of New Jersey’s Neediest Families

By Sarah Small and Debra Lancaster. Many New Jersey parents breathed a sigh of relief upon receiving their Child Tax Credit Payments in late 2021. Our new report at the Rutgers Center for Women and Work, in partnership with the New Jersey State Policy Lab [...]

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Now is the Time to Save Oil in a Hurry

March 14th, 2022|Comments Off on Now is the Time to Save Oil in a Hurry

Robert B. Noland and Lewis Fulton The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a sharp increase in the price of oil in the last couple weeks. In New Jersey, a gallon of gasoline [...]

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A Multi-Decennial Census Data Set for NJ, 2010 and 2020 (and More): A New Jersey State Policy Lab Offering

March 10th, 2022|Comments Off on A Multi-Decennial Census Data Set for NJ, 2010 and 2020 (and More): A New Jersey State Policy Lab Offering

Maia de la Calle and Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) The New Jersey State Policy Lab started operating when some of the first local-level data were released from the 2020 Census. It, [...]

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An Early 2022 Inflation Update for New Jersey

March 7th, 2022|Comments Off on An Early 2022 Inflation Update for New Jersey

Michael Lahr, R/Econ™ In terms of both crude oil and natural gas production, Russia is second only to the United States worldwide. Moreover, about 8% of U.S. petroleum imports are from Russia.[1] For Europe, that share [...]

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Report on Food Security and Organic Waste Reduction

March 3rd, 2022|Comments Off on Report on Food Security and Organic Waste Reduction

By Jeanne Herb. The New Jersey State Policy Lab and the Organics Workgroup of the NJ Climate Change Alliance have partnered to inform the development of statewide public policy aimed at reducing food waste, contributing to food security, and reducing landfill organic wastes [...]

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Predictive Algorithms in the Public Sector

February 28th, 2022|Comments Off on Predictive Algorithms in the Public Sector

Vishal Trehan Some scholars, looking broadly at the impact of information and communications technologies (ICTs) on public administration, have argued that the use of ICT has led to structural changes in some public agencies, with [...]

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Report Release: The New Jersey Housing Crisis in a COVID Era

February 24th, 2022|Comments Off on Report Release: The New Jersey Housing Crisis in a COVID Era

By Katharine Nelson. Affordable housing is increasingly scarce within the United States, and COVID-19 has dramatically exacerbated the simmering crisis in affordable housing. In New Jersey, the risk of eviction is greater than across the country [...]

Report Release: Cannabis Legalization: A Baseline Study

February 14th, 2022|Comments Off on Report Release: Cannabis Legalization: A Baseline Study

Today, we’re releasing our report, Cannabis Legalization: A Baseline Study, as part of a project led by Dean Charles Menifield, one of the Policy Lab’s Co-Principal Investigators. This report explores education, health, and law enforcement outcomes associated with the legalization of marijuana [...]

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Our First Report: Encouraging Activation of Vacant Commercial Properties

February 11th, 2022|Comments Off on Our First Report: Encouraging Activation of Vacant Commercial Properties

The New Jersey State Policy Lab is publishing our first report, Vacant Commercial Property in New Jersey: Causes and Solutions, written by Michael Hayes and Pengju Zhang. The economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in vacant [...]

The New Jersey High School Experience: Differences in Freshman Year Science Course-taking

February 7th, 2022|Comments Off on The New Jersey High School Experience: Differences in Freshman Year Science Course-taking

Vandeen Campbell, Ph.D. It is well established that careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields tend to offer higher wages (Carnevale, Cheah, & Hanson, 2015). Further, individuals who begin engaging in standard and [...]

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New Jersey Intercounty Migration Trends, 2018-2019

February 4th, 2022|Comments Off on New Jersey Intercounty Migration Trends, 2018-2019

by Tia Azzi and Michael Lahr, R/Econ™ The latest report from R/Econ™ examines the migration trends across counties within New Jersey between 2018 and 2019. This report uses Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data, rather than [...]

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Equity in Government Budgeting

January 27th, 2022|Comments Off on Equity in Government Budgeting

Marilyn Rubin Opening the core routines of budgeting to include an equity dimension can make government more responsive to all its residents and can provide a pathway to a more equitable society. In this project, [...]

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The Challenges Associated with Making “Good” Public Policy

January 18th, 2022|Comments Off on The Challenges Associated with Making “Good” Public Policy

Stuart Shapiro The New Jersey State Policy Lab is dedicated to improving public policy through careful analysis of data and program evaluation. As many of our first projects near their conclusion though it is important [...]

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Bridging the Digital Divide in Native American Communities

January 13th, 2022|Comments Off on Bridging the Digital Divide in Native American Communities

Jennifer Spiegel The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of online connectivity in society today. Yet there is still a digital divide as inequitable access to broadband services prevents underserved communities from benefiting from vital [...]

A Primer on Housing Markets with a Bird’s Eye View on New Jersey’s

January 11th, 2022|Comments Off on A Primer on Housing Markets with a Bird’s Eye View on New Jersey’s

By Michael L. Lahr, R/ECON™ Housing markets are not just geographically separated, they are socially stratified too (in combination the two generate what is termed, “housing market segmentation”). Properties in a region can differ radically [...]

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Vacant Commercial Property in New Jersey: Causes and Solutions

January 6th, 2022|Comments Off on Vacant Commercial Property in New Jersey: Causes and Solutions

Michael S. Hayes and Pengju Zhang The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated changes in investment decisions throughout the economy. For example, the growth in virtual work and e-commerce has likely negatively impacted the demand for some [...]

Bicycle Lanes: Motivating Active Transportation

January 4th, 2022|Comments Off on Bicycle Lanes: Motivating Active Transportation

Tia Azzi, R/ECON Not all bike lanes are created equal. New Jersey is trying to encourage bicycling as a main form of transportation by enhancing existing ways and expanding bike lanes. But only about 0.3% [...]

The New Jersey High School Experience: Opportunities for High-leverage Mathematics Course Taking

December 23rd, 2021|Comments Off on The New Jersey High School Experience: Opportunities for High-leverage Mathematics Course Taking

Elisabeth Kim, Ph.D. and Vandeen Campbell, Ph.D. Mathematics has long been considered essential to success in secondary and post-secondary education and in a labor market increasingly reliant on 21st century skills (Aughinbaugh, 2012; Kim et al., [...]

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Interstate Migration: A Lost Cause for New Jersey?

December 20th, 2021|Comments Off on Interstate Migration: A Lost Cause for New Jersey?

Tia Azzi For many years, New Jersey has lost population via net in- and out-migration. From 2011 through 2019, this has resulted in the state hemorrhaging a total of more than $23.6 billion in net [...]

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Public Safety, Health, and Youth School Experiences: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in New Jersey

December 13th, 2021|Comments Off on Public Safety, Health, and Youth School Experiences: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in New Jersey

Charles E. Menifield While the legalization of recreational marijuana will benefit state finances, policy-makers must consider potential negative externalities associated with the sale of legalized marijuana. In a forthcoming report funded by the New Jersey [...]

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Digital Equity for K-12 Students

December 9th, 2021|Comments Off on Digital Equity for K-12 Students

By Stephanie Holcomb, Jessica Cruz-Nagoski, Andrea Hetling, Gregory Porumbescu, Vishal Trehan The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the important role efforts to promote digital access, literacy, and skills play in promoting a more equitable society. This [...]

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Evidence-Based Policymaking on the Federal Level

December 6th, 2021|Comments Off on Evidence-Based Policymaking on the Federal Level

Jennifer Spiegel 12-06-21 “Evidence-based policymaking” seems to be all the rage with think tanks, lawmakers, and governmental agencies, but what does it mean, really? Evidence-based policymaking uses the best available research and data to target [...]

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Organic Waste Management in New Jersey: Reducing Food Waste and Improving Food Equity

December 2nd, 2021|Comments Off on Organic Waste Management in New Jersey: Reducing Food Waste and Improving Food Equity

Tracy Youngster is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Rutgers University Ecology & Evolution Graduate Program. Organic Waste Management background When organic waste, like food, enters a landfill, it releases methane which is a potent [...]

Which Sector is Leading New Jersey’s Pandemic Recovery?

November 30th, 2021|Comments Off on Which Sector is Leading New Jersey’s Pandemic Recovery?

November 30, 2021 Maia de la Calle, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) In the past few weeks, discussions on the “Great Resignation” and labor shortages have permeated news cycles. These phenomena, characterized by (1) [...]

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Equity in Government Budgeting

November 22nd, 2021|Comments Off on Equity in Government Budgeting

Marilyn Rubin In this project, we are looking at how city and state governments in the United States are using their budgets to advance equity for all residents. Opening the core routines of budgeting to [...]

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The Benefits of Not Commuting to Work

November 18th, 2021|Comments Off on The Benefits of Not Commuting to Work

Robert B. Noland and Wenwen Zhang The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major changes in how people work and travel. Our research suggests that some of these changes are likely to endure. While not every [...]

NJ Inflation and You, Imperfect Together?

November 15th, 2021|Comments Off on NJ Inflation and You, Imperfect Together?

Michael L. Lahr, R/ECONTM November 15, 2021 Inflation has found its way to the front pages of newspapers for the first time in decades.  From New Jersey’s perspective though, national reports of inflation are greater [...]

The New Jersey High School Experience

November 11th, 2021|Comments Off on The New Jersey High School Experience

Jamelia Harris, Ph.D. and Vandeen Campbell, Ph.D. Background and National Trends The connection between expanding access to high-quality and rigorous coursework and improving postsecondary outcomes is well established within the literature. According to the U.S. [...]

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The New Jersey Policy Lab at Six Months

November 8th, 2021|Comments Off on The New Jersey Policy Lab at Six Months

Stuart Shapiro It was six months ago that the New Jersey Policy Lab started operations after being awarded a grant from the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. So it seems like [...]

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The New Jersey Housing Crisis in a COVID Era – Project Update

November 5th, 2021|Comments Off on The New Jersey Housing Crisis in a COVID Era – Project Update

Samantha Roth  Samantha Roth is a Master of Public Administration Student at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark. She is a research assistant with support from the New Jersey Policy Lab [...]

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How has transportation been affected by COVID-19?

October 18th, 2021|Comments Off on How has transportation been affected by COVID-19?

Robert B. Noland and Wenwen Zhang Over the last year and a half, the transportation system in New Jersey and throughout the country has seen dramatic impacts due to the pandemic. The lockdowns in effect [...]

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The New Jersey High School Experience: Promoting Freshmen On-track through Postsecondary Success for Cohorts of Secondary School Students

October 13th, 2021|Comments Off on The New Jersey High School Experience: Promoting Freshmen On-track through Postsecondary Success for Cohorts of Secondary School Students

Vandeen Campbell Ninth grade is a critical year for getting adolescents on a path to secondary and postsecondary success. For underperforming secondary schools and districts looking to turnaround the trajectory of their freshman cohorts, offering [...]

Cannabis Use in New Jersey

October 11th, 2021|Comments Off on Cannabis Use in New Jersey

Charles Menifield In 2010, the state of New Jersey legalized marijuana for medical purposes with the passage of S. 119 - The Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. In November 2018, the New Jersey State Senate [...]

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U.S. Census: How are States Impacted Financially

September 30th, 2021|Comments Off on U.S. Census: How are States Impacted Financially

Amal Muse Every decade, across the United States, the federal government collects comprehensive data on every individual based on basic population characteristics including age, sex, marital status, household composition, family characteristics, and household size. [...]

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The Post-Pandemic Economy: The Nation and New Jersey with a Focus on the Public Sector

September 24th, 2021|Comments Off on The Post-Pandemic Economy: The Nation and New Jersey with a Focus on the Public Sector

Jennifer Spiegel & Michael Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) The short-term prospects for the state’s economy remain quite exuberant. This is despite the arrival of the delta variant of COVID-19 in July 2021, [...]

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How States Can Improve Unemployment Insurance during the Pandemic

September 16th, 2021|Comments Off on How States Can Improve Unemployment Insurance during the Pandemic

Jennifer Spiegel The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn has brought about record job losses and the highest number of new unemployment claims since 1982. In mid-March 2020, new unemployment claims nationwide totaled [...]

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Digital equity – what it is, how it’s defined in the field, how it’s related to public policy, and why it matters in NJ

September 7th, 2021|Comments Off on Digital equity – what it is, how it’s defined in the field, how it’s related to public policy, and why it matters in NJ

Jessica Cruz As technology advances and COVID-19 continues to force activities to be virtual, there is an increasing divide between those who can and cannot go online. The people who are most affected by [...]

US Treasury Department Provides Coronavirus Relief Grants to State & Local Government

September 2nd, 2021|Comments Off on US Treasury Department Provides Coronavirus Relief Grants to State & Local Government

Jennifer Spiegel To help Americans recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has authorized the U.S. Treasury Department to set up coronavirus relief grants to state and local governments for economic [...]

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Applying an Equitable Lens to Evidence-Based Research

August 30th, 2021|Comments Off on Applying an Equitable Lens to Evidence-Based Research

Jennifer Spiegel Over the past few years, a heightened awareness of the importance of racial equity and justice has permeated the political conversation. American institutions, businesses, and communities are taking a closer look at [...]

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Promoting Equity Through State Budgets

August 9th, 2021|Comments Off on Promoting Equity Through State Budgets

Marilyn Rubin One of the most powerful levers that governments have to advancing equity for all residents is their budgets, “the medium through which [flows] the essential life of support systems of public policy” (Wildavsky [...]

Welcome to the New Jersey Policy Lab Blog

August 1st, 2021|Comments Off on Welcome to the New Jersey Policy Lab Blog

Stuart Shapiro New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the union.  It is also one of the most diverse.  As one of my colleagues is fond of noting, New Jersey is often a [...]