Relevant Research

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Arts & Culture

Research Center for Arts and Culture

For the past two decades, The Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) has provided data and information in service of artists and the arts. 

The Center's studies examine the situation of the living artist in America, shedding light on such issues as the complex challenges facing dancers as they transition out of their performance careers, the communities and support structures that sustain jazz musicians, and the imperiled legacy of our nation's aging artists. In addition to this pioneering work, the RCAC also conducts research on a broad range of topics in the arts, from cultural policy and public spaces to labor relations and the law. The Center convenes public events, and provides curriculum development to educational institutions and leadership training to arts organizations and managers around the world.


Community & Economic Development

Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska: Five-Year Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan 2008-2012.

This plan, developed by the city, works to address issues relating to providing decent affordable housing, reducing homelessness, and promoting livable neighborhoods and viable economic opportunities. Mountain View and Fairview are noted in the report for their Concentration of low-income households, and describes the designation of Mountain View as a revitalization area that has attracted over $150 million in investment.

The Mountain View Neighborhood Plan: Springboard for Action

Developed by the Anchorage Community Land Trust, this report is meant to be the first step in the development of a Mountain View
Neighborhood Plan - a “Springboard for Action” – to help the community identify and push forward with a set of priority programs and projects. Past efforts at revitalization are reviewed, as are future concepts for arts and business development, transportation, housing and land use.

Youth Education & Development - Early to Middle


Youth Education & Transition to Young Adulthood

U.S. Department of Education Research and Statistics

This site has research on all levels of education including drop out rates, graduation rates, test scores, and other relevant information. It also includes discussions of best practices and United States policies on Education.

United Way of Anchorage Community Assessment Project (CAP) Reports

This study has research related specifically to Anchorage students including the high school drop out rate and research related to the types of jobs and salaries high school drop outs receive compared to people with high school diplomas.


Environment & Sustainability


Food Security & Affordable Housing


Health & Mental Health

"Building Partnerships: Conversations with Communities about Mental Health Needs and Community Strengths"

Elliott, K., Sribney, W. M., Deeb-Sossa, N., Giordano, C., Sala, M., King, R. T., and Aguilar-Gaxiola, S. (2009). UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities. Sacramento, CA: UC Davis.

The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD) reached out to historically unserved or underserved communities and find out more about their concerns about mental health, the kinds of mental health problems they see in their communities, and the types of services that might help prevent mental illness from developing. The most prominent issues discussed by focus group participants included the high frequency of violence and trauma in their communities, as well as the high frequency of drug and alcohol use, depression, stress, and suicide.

"Motives for Volunteering are Associated with Mortality Risk in Older Adults"

Konrath, S., Fuhrel-Forbis, A., Lou, A., & Brown, S. (2011). Health Psychology, doi: 10.1037/a0025226



Research suggests that selfless volunteering might lengthen your life.  Researchers at the University of Michigan found that it is the volunteers' motives that can have a significant impact on life span. Volunteers lived longer than people who did not volunteer if they reported unselfish values or a desire for social connections as the main motives for wanting to volunteer. People who said they volunteered for their own personal gratification had almost the same mortality rate as those that did not volunteer at all.

"Google Effects on Memory"
Sparrow, B., Liu, J., & Wegner, D. M. (2011). Google effects on memory: Cognitive consequences of having information at our fingertips. Science, 333(6043), 476-478. doi:10.1126/science.1207745

Google and other internet technology is changing the way our brains recall information. Psychologist Dr. Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University found that our memory is better at recalling where to find something on the internet than it is at remembering the specific information we found on the internet in the first place. Human memory is adapting to new technology.

Immigrants & Refugees

"Immigrants, Refugees and Asylees over the Last Century"

Justice Center. (2008). Alaska Justice Forum, 24 (4). Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. 

The UAA Justice Center examined the rates of entrance into the United States from 1910 through 2006. They used statistics provided by the Office of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the 2006 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics to show to flow of individuals from other countries into the United States, noting that the total legal immigrant population accounted for nearly 22 percent of population growth during the studied time period. The article also defines and differentiates between immigrants, refugees, and asylees.

"Non-Citizens in the Alaska correctional System"

In the article the UAA Justice Center combats a common held belief about non-citizens and crime rates. They conclude that the idea that non-citizens are “more frequently involved in crime” (para. 1) is actually a misconception by citing figures provided by the State of Alaska Department of Corrections. Instead, non-citizens are less likely to be involved in crime than citizens.

Justice Center. (2008). Alaska Justice Forum, 24 (4). Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. 


Safe Families & Safe Communities

A Listing of Research relating to Safe Families and Safe Communities can be found here. (.pdf)