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 and graduate degree programs in geography-anthropology; tourism and hospitality; policy, planning, and management (MPPM); and public health (MPH). The school is nationally recognized for applying innovative knowledge to critical issues in the fields of sustainable development and health and human service policy and management, and is home to the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.

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Capstones from 2013

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Pharmaceutical Policy Process: Lessons from the Newly Independent States, Irina Ghazaryan

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High Peaks Back - country Trails Plan, Benjamin Godsoe

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The Path to Health Information Technology Adoption: How Far Have We Reached?, Pranav Gokhale

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Evolution and Change in Civic Engagement Organizations: A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Maine League of Young Voters, Nathan J.R. Grant

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Public Pensions and Debt in the State of Maine, Ryan Knaus

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A Comparative Analysis of Funding for Judicial Services in Maine: Levels and Trends, 1996 - 2010, Barry C. Lucier

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An Analysis of Employment Policies and their Effect on Work-Life Balance for Caregiving Parents of Children with Special Needs, Sara Panella

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Tax Increment Financing Trends in Southern Maine 2001-2011, Kevin Price

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Recommendations to the City of South Portland, Related to Phase 2 of the Energy Action Plan, Karen Purinton

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Members in Mind: Outreach & Education Strategies for CO-OP Insurance Plans. Final Report, Elizabeth Rogers

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An Examination of the Governance Policies of Maine Nonprofits as They Relate to Endowment and Cash Reseve Accounts, Kenneth S. Spirer

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The Role of the Creative Economy in Sustainability Planning and Development, Marla Stelk

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Diversity and motivations among volunteers in nonprofit youth development programs, Emily Thielmann

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An Assessment of Mental Health Policies and Services At the University of Southern Maine (Portland and Gorham campuses), Emily Weston

Capstones from 2012

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A Social Marketing Approach to Forest Land Conservation, Joseph Anderson

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LearnLocal| Place - based Education Community Planning Meets Classroom Education, Holli Andrews

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Studying Community Vitality & Revitalization: Synthesizing Case Study Research for Practical Application, Jennifer Curtis and Mariah Cunningham

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Improving Nursing Home Patient Safety in Maine: A Review of the AHRQ Patient Safety Culture survey Implementation Process, Andrea Fenner-Koepp

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What Incarcerated Women at the Women’s Center Say They Need from the Criminal Justice System, Jillian Foley

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A Maine Guide for Developing Community Wind Projects, Rick Harbison

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Planning for Sea Level Rise in Portland, Maine using Robust Decision Making as a Guide, Sadie Lloyd

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Alcohol Policy in Belarus, Yahor Luhauskikh

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Case Studies in Community Vitality and Downtown Revitalization Phase Two: Refining Measurementt Approaches and Considerations, Krissy Mailman, Kim Monaghan - Derrig, and Kyra Walker

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Approaches to Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing in the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program, Natalie McWilliams

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Walking and Cycling in Waterville: Bike and Pedestrian Planning for an Active Community, Scott E. Workman

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Creating a benefit Index for Targeting Investment in Pedestrian Connectivity Improvements East Bayside Neighborhood: Portland, ME, Damon Yakovleff

Capstones from 2011

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Financing Maine's State Employees and Teachers Retirement System: Comparative Trends and Progress, 1982 - 2010, Moargan Beschle, Eric Davis, and Tim Feeley

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Trends in Maine Revenue, Jamie Brennan

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A Comparative Fiscal Analysis of Scarborough, Maine, Maxwell K. Chikuta

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Stakeholder Participation in Large Scale Complex Systems Modeling: Lessons from an UrbanSim Users Community, Sandra H. Goff

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Public Debt Management In The State Of Maine 1993 through 2010, John B. Greenwood

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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