Ongoing Programs

Alaska Veterans Needs Assessment

This survey is sponsored by the Alaska office of Veterans Affairs and its results will be used to measure the needs of Alaskan veterans aged 18 to 64.

Mat-Su 2040 Future Survey (Valuation of Ecosystem Services)

The Mat-Su Open Space Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services Project is a two and a half year project that will identify and provide an economic analysis of green infrastructure and ecosystem services provided within the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Basin. The purpose of the study is to build a case study and practical application tools to be used state-wide for non-market valuation of ecosystem services. The primary focus of this study will be on the role and funding of natural systems for flood risk management, power generation, water quality, habitat for salmon and other fish and wildlife, recreation and natural resource provisioning.

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.

ISER has carried out the Kids Count Alaska program since 1996, publishing annual data books and maintaining a website with data for Alaska and its regions and links to national information. If you have questions, get in touch with Virgene Hanna, the director of Kids Count Alaska and a senior research associate at ISER.

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 of economics at ISER, who directs the research.

Alaskool

The Alaskool website is one of the largest online collections of materials on Alaska Native history, languages, and cultures. ISER and several partner organizations created the site, and ISER maintains it. But because of limited funding in recent years, almost all the materials on the site were posted between 1997 and 2004.

Some of these materials are in the public domain, but many are under copyright. ISER received permission from the copyright holders to post their materials for educational purposes on the Alaskool site. Visitors who want to use these materials for other purposes must get permission directly from the copyright holders. If you have questions, get in touch with Suzanne Sharp at ISER.

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 of economics at ISER.

Alaska Broadband Projects

ISER maintains this description of recent Alaska broadband projects to help Alaskans understand changing communication systems in the state. If you have questions, get in touch with Heather Hudson, whose research focuses on communications policy, especially for rural regions.

Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR)

CAEPR is a center within the Institute of Social and Economic Research that was created with seed funding from the University of Alaska Foundation.

Making Wind Work for Alaska

This project significantly increases existing capacity at the University of Alaska in the niche market of hybrid wind-diesel energy systems for islanded (non-integrated) electric grids. Our central project theme is delivering low-cost, reliable, and sustainable energy from a wind-diesel platform to isolated rural Alaska communities of 200 – 5,000 people. While often having excellent wind resources, these communities often resemble less-developed countries in many characteristics including small populations, isolated off-grid systems, difficult environmental conditions, dependence on imported fuels, lack of roads and infrastructure, and sparse cash-subsistence economies. These factors combine to produce the highest energy costs in the country, with electric power approaching $1 per kWhr, and gasoline prices as high as $10 per gallon.

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