The Muskie School of Public Service is Maine’s distinguished public policy school, combining an extensive applied research and technical assistance portfolio with rigorous undergraduate degree programs in geography-anthropology (GYA) and tourism & hospitality (TAH), and graduate programs in public health (MPH) and policy, planning, and management (MPPM). The School’s faculty and staff bring a practical, innovative approach to health, social, environmental, community, and economic development problems, and a commitment to spanning traditional boundaries among university, government, and nonprofit organizations. The School’s research and public service programs provide faculty and students with real-life experiences that expand and inform the educational experience. The Muskie School is also home to the Catherine E. Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.

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Capstones from 2011

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Reinventing Maine's Corrections System: A Survey of Budget Smart Alternatives to Unsustainable Spending, Griffin Jones

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Municipal Stormwater Management in Northern New England: A Comparative Study of Leading Programs, Doug Roncarati, Keisha Payson, Rod Melanson, and Fred Dillon

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Financial Policies and Procedures Manuals for Nonprofit Organizations: Applying Best Practices to the Environmental Health Strategy center, Jennifer Rottmann

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Using pen Source Data Inputs to Map Food Insecurity in Cumberland County, Maine, Daniel Wallace

Capstones from 2010

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Automating Community Charrettes: Using CommunityViz to Improve the Effectiveness of Community Charrettes, Based on a Charrette Performed in Old Orchard Beach in 2006, Jessa Berna

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A Comparison of Maine’s Per Capita Spending, 1996-2006 to the US and Other States, Ryan Boyd

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Performance Measures and Pilot Evaluation of Georgia’s Medical assistance Program for Population below the Poverty Line, Tamar Chitashvili

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What is the impact of liquor licensing laws on Portland’s entertainment venues? A Case Study, Will Etheridge

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Case Studies in Community Vitality and Downtown Revitalization: A Focus on Maine’s Employment and Service Hubs, Matthew Klebes, Elizabeth McLean, and Kathy Lynn Tombarelli

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Mental Health and Women’s Receipt of Recommended Preventive Care, Melanie M. Race

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Maine's General Sales Tax: An Exploration of Policy Issues and Options, Sarah Rawlings

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Classifying Communities in Maine: A Comparative Analysis of Fiscal Determinants, Amanda K. Rector

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From LD 1196 to Maine Schools: An Evaluation of Antidiscrimination Language in Education Policy, Finn Teach

Capstones from 2009

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Becoming a 21st century University: How USM Can Use Online Education to Meet the Needs of its Adult Student Population, Amy Gieseke

Land Use and Land Conservation in New England: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities, Amanda Loomis, Tom Devine, Andrea Small, Brittany Howard, Brett Richardson, and Stephanie Dulac

Land Use and Land Conservation in New England: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities, Amanda Loomis, Tom Devine, Andrea Small, Brittany Howard, Brett Richardson, and Stephanie Dulac

Capstones from 2008

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The Creative Economy in Small Places: Eight Cases and a Developmental Model, Jennifer L. Hutchins

Economic Development Perspectives for Scarborough, Hayrullo Malikov and Bauyrzhan Bekenov

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Community Forests: Needs & Resources for technical Assistance in Northen New England, Misha Mytar

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Excellence in Online Education: Preceptions of Needs, Barriers and Catalyst, Kimberly B. Sinclair

Capstones from 2007

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Poverty in Moldova, Corneliu Bolbocean

Capstones from 2006

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Barriers to a Consistent Philosophy: An Analysis of the Depatment of Health and Human Services Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services, Emily R. Hoberg

Capstones from 2004

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What Makes a Winner?, Linda Riddell

Capstones from 2002

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Measuring Morale in a Municipal Law Enforcement Agency: A Multidimensional Approach, Thomas J. Roth

Capstones from 2001

Participatory Planning in Portland's Bayside Neighborhood: Bayside Community Design Workshops April 2000 and April 2001, Bill Needleman, Bob Sanders, Jim Gailey, and Paul Harrison

Capstones from 1999

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Promising Practices Supporting the Transition of Youth from the Foster Care System to Independent Living, Denise E. Riebman

Capstones from 1997

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State of Maine Property Tax Reform, Kim Bridgham and Annie Lunt

Capstones from 1996

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A Community Divided: Coping With a Locally Unwanted Land Use, Robert H. Hamblen

Capstones from 1995

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Regionalizing Government in Maine: Opportunities for the Future, David Alexander, Alan Baldwin, John Carroll, Elizabeth Chapman, Dorraine Diebold, Lisa Harvey McPherson, Daniel Stevenson, and Earlene Wilson

Capstones from 1994

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Consensus Building to Write Environmentally Responsive Rules for Maine's New Transportation Policy, Sondra S. Bogdonoff

Capstones from 1993

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A Study of the Effects of Campaign Spending on Election Results, Thomas Major and Stephen Turner

Capstones from 1992

The Maine Indian Land claim: A Question of Ownership, Sallie Davis, David Klenk, and Larry Mead

Capstones from 1991

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Funding the Gulf of Maine Program, Craig Freshley