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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 dbhirshberg@alaska.edu.

Center for Behavioral Health Research and Servioces (CBHRS)

CBHRS became a part of ISER in 2015, increasing ISER's capacity to study how behavior and other social factors contribute to the health of Alaskans. To learn more, visit their website.

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 is housed at the University of Alaska’s Arctic Region Supercomputing Center in Fairbanks. 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 vfay@alaska.edu. You can also e-mail comments to akenergygateway@alaska.edu.

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.

Sqord and Physical Activity in ASD

Sqord is a wearable activity-tracker made specifically for children; it includes an online platform that allows children to track their own activity and challenge each other. It falls within the broad area of fitness and wellness technology (like Fitbit and Nike Fuelband) and mobile apps (Like MyFitnessPal and Runkeeper). Use of such technology is growing rapidly, so it makes sense to use it to study the effectiveness of public-health interventions. The Anchorage School District and Providence Alaska Medical Center have provided the city's school children with Sqords. ISER is assessing how using the devices influences 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.

Older Programs

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 carried out the Kids Count Alaska program from 1996 through 2015, publishing data books and maintaining a website.

In 2016, the program transitioned 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. You can download all the data books ISER produced.


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. The site is now hosted by UAA's College of Education. If you have questions, contact Paul Ongtookguk at pcongtooguk@alaska.edu or Suzanne Sharp at ssharp3@alaska.edu.

Citizen's Guide to the Budget

This 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. If you have questions, get in touch with Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at ISER.

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