Ongoing Programs

Alaska Energy Data Gateway

An online database with energy data—most of it at the community level—from across Alaska.  The site provides data from many sources, through a single access point. The data can be downloaded in a variety of file formats.

The gateway was developed with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy in cooperation with the Alaska Energy Authority. It is housed at the University of Alaska’s Arctic Region Supercomputing Center in Fairbanks. This initial release contains only part of the information we hope to include in the future. We ask users to let us know how we can add to and improve the site.

If you have questions, get in touch with Ginny Fay, assistant professor of economics, at, or Kyle Borash, programmer, at You can also e-mail comments to

George Rogers Emerging Scholars Fund

The George Rogers Emerging Scholars Fund was established at ISER in 2011 to encourage young scholars and promote research opportunities in Alaska. It honors the memory of George Rogers, an economist and guiding light of ISER for half a century.

Kids Count Alaska

Kids Count is a nationwide program of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to collect and publicize information about the health, safety, and economic status of American children. The foundation publishes a national data book every year and also funds Kids Count programs in all the states.

In 2016, the program is transitioning from ISER to the Alaska Children's Trust, a nonprofit organization that advocates for children. We are proud to have worked with the Annie E. Casey Foundation for 20 years. ISER carried out the Kids Count Alaska program from 1996 through 2015, publishing data books and maintaining a website with data for Alaska and its regions and links to national information.

Investing for Alaska

Investing for Alaska is a special ISER research initiative, funded by a grant from Northrim Bank. The research is examining, in various ways, the importance of investment for building a strong Alaska economy. If you have questions, get in touch with Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at ISER, who directs the research.


Alaskool is an archival website hosting one of the largest online collections of materials on Alaska Native history, languages, and cultures. ISER and several partner organizations created the site in 1997, and almost all the materials on the site were posted between 1997 and 2004.

Citizen's Guide to the Budget

This special ISER site describes many aspects of the state budget process and is intended to help Alaskans better understand that complicated process. It was created in 2004, so the budget figures are now far out of date. But the description of the budget process is still useful, and ISER hopes to be able to update the numbers in the future. If you have questions, get in touch with Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at ISER.

Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR)

CAEPR is a center within the Institute of Social and Economic Research created with seed funding from the University of Alaska Foundation. Researchers at the center study education policy issues, working with teachers, policymakers, and others with interests in education. If you have questions, get in touch with CAEPR's director, Diane Hirshberg, at

Sqord and Physical Activity in ASD

Fitness and wellness technology, which is an umbrella term that covers areas of wearable technology (e.g., Fitbit, Nike Fuelband) and mobile apps (e.g., MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper), is just one of many new industries rapidly expanding within the mobile market. Given the ubiquity of these devices, it makes sense to leverage technology when it comes to public heallth interventions. In particular, when it comes to children who are even more technocentric than their parents. With that in mind, we will be using the Sqord devices to understand how feedback, social interaction, and challenges influence children's activity levels.

Alaska Partnerships for Success

Through collaborations with state agencies, community coalitions, and other partners, the State of Alaska’s Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (PFS) project aims to prevent and reduce non-medical use of prescription opioids and heroin use among 12-25 year olds in Alaska. This work is supported by grant 1U79SP020783 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health.

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