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OUR PUBLICATIONS


  • New report on local government finance
  • Zeik Saidman White Paper: Zeik Saidman worked at the Centers of the School of Public Affairs for 19 years. The Centers merged into the Buechner Institute of Governance during his last years at University of Colorado Denver. The school supported him in writing a white paper reflecting on his 45-year career in the public arena. This white paper by Zeik Saidman has been edited and published under the title MIXING IT UP IN THE PUBLIC ARENA and is available for purchase at www.actapublications.com http://www.actapublications.com

  • CEPA Poverty and Fiscal Constraint Report FINAL
  • Making a Difference in Education Reform, ProComp External Evaluation Report
  • Final executive summary for ProCompEvaluation report October 14, 2011.
  • Solutions:  a website providing comprehensive news and analysis of health care and health policy in Colorado. 
  • Colorado's Fiscal Future: We'll Get What We Pay For
  • Periodic reports and forums addressing issues of importance to Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West from an objective perspective (topics identified with the assistance of the SPA Advisory Board)

  • Leadership Letter:  quarterly newsletter to alumni of RMP and DCLF
  • Policy Podcasts:  video Q&A with policy experts and policy makers (coming soon)
  • Working Paper Series:
    • Criminal justice
    • Education
    • Environment
    • Fiscal policy
    • Social policy
  • Colorado Community Panel Reports:  analysis of survey responses from citizen thought leaders across the state who have agreed to respond to periodic online surveys from BIG
  • Presentations:  presentations made by SPA faculty and BIG staff on topics of interest to Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.
  • Student Capstones: The best student projects from SPA’s MPA program, showcasing research and analysis on issues relevant to Colorado.

BIG Publications | BIG Presentations | Student Capstones

   Publication Title Date Published Summary
State Aquaculture Coordinators Study Report: Prepared for the National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators August 2010

This study was performed in partnership with the National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators (NASAC) and a research team from the School of Public Affairs.  The information collected in this study will be used to help NASAC and their objectives and to support dissertation research and peer-reviewed publications focusing on the factors that shape compliance with aquaculture regulations.

Authors:  Saba Siddiki, Dr. Chris Weible

Making Sense of the Unimaginable: How Law Enforcement Can Support the Families and Friends of Unsolved Homicide Victims June 2010

In this study, researchers interviewed thirty-seven family members and friends of unsolved murder victims in order to understand how communications with the criminal justice system affected their ability to make sense of the loss.

Authors: Paul Stretesky, Tara O’Connor Shelley, Michael J. Hogan, N. Prabha Unnithan

  Leaving Children Behind: How Colorado's Fiscal Policies Hurt Our Most Valuable Citizens CEPA staff Analysis October 2009

Report focuses the connection between Colorado’s dramatic childhood poverty rate and the challenges of the state’s fiscal policy structure.

Authors:  Beverly Buck, Kelly Hupfeld , Tracey O'Brien and The Centers (Laura Appelbaum, Peggy Cuciti) wrote the report for its partner, the Colorado Chidlren's Campaign

  Student-Centered Funding and its Implications for Colorado:  A Primer for Policy Makers August 2009

This report provides a basic background of our current system of financing public education in Colorado and discusses potential opportunities and implications of introducing student-centered funding to the state. Funded by The Donnell-Kay Foundation

Authors: Mark Fermanich and Kelly Hupfeld

  Race to the Top White Papers:  Teacher and Principal Effectiveness August 2009

This white paper provides information to help those working on the Colorado Great Teachers and Leaders Race to The Top (R2T) Committee, and is intended to complement information provided by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  It starts with an overview of teacher and principal effectiveness issues, background on Colorado’s education system, and information on R2T, and then provides information on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to Colorado’s ability to create a system of continuous improvement in the quality of teachers and principals in Colorado. 

Prepared by the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) on behalf of the Race to the Top Research Consortium. Contact Robert Reichardt, Robert.reichardt@ucdenver.edu   

  Race to the Top White Papers:   Standards and Assessments August 2009

This paper provides information for those working on Colorado’s Standards and Assessments Race to the Top (R2T) Committee, and is intended to accompany information provided by the Colorado Department of Education.  It begins with some background on Colorado’s education system and R2T, and then points out challenges and opportunities for school districts and schools presented by standards-based reform.  Putting reforms in place on paper is not enough.  To move the needle, Colorado must ensure that the substance of the reforms occurs in each classroom in the state. In other words, school districts, schools, and individual educators need to understand the reforms and have the capacity and resources to fully implement them in ways that benefit students.

Prepared by the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) on behalf of the Race to the Top Research Consortium. Contact Kelly Hupfeld, Kelly.hupfeld@ucdenver.edu

  Race to the Top White Papers:   Establishing Data Systems and Using Data for Improvement August 2009

This brief provides information to Colorado’s Longitudinal Data Systems Race to the Top (R2T) committee. It is intended to complement the white paper prepared by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). This brief begins with background on Colorado’s education system, additional information on R2T, and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of current statewide data collection and use, as well as the impact of a fully effective and transparent statewide data system and what that will mean for teachers, principals, parents, and students in schools throughout Colorado.

Prepared by Third Mile Group, LLC. (TMG) on behalf of the Race to the Top Research Consortium. Contact Katy Anthes, kanthes@thirdmilegroup.com.  

  Race to the Top White Papers:   Turning Around Struggling Schools August 2009

This paper provides information to support the work of Colorado’s Low Performing Schools Race to the Top (R2T) Committee.  This information is intended to complement the information and framework presented in the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) papers describing how the conditions (laws, policies, rules and regulations) in the state meet the R2T guidelines.  This paper first provides some background on the Colorado education system and the R2T process.  Then it discusses opportunities for intervening in low performing schools made possible by the release of Colorado’s growth model system.  It goes on to describe how these intervention opportunities can best leverage federal and state funding opportunities.  Finally, this paper will describe existing challenges that the state should address as it creates a more effective and efficient system for supporting its lowest performing schools, which aligns with the U.S. Department of Education’s expectations

Prepared by Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, Inc. (APA) on behalf of the Race to the Top Research Consortium. Contact: Jennifer Kramer-Wine, jkw@apaconsulting.net.  

  Teacher Identifiers and Improving Education Practice: Experiences in Colorado and the Nation  August 2009

This series of five white papers explains how the teacher identifier is being used in Colorado districts and nationwide to improve teaching and learning, and provides advice to Colorado policymakers in creating a statewide teacher identifier.  The authors represent a wide range of perspectives, from researchers to practitioners, focusing on Colorado and examples from across country.

Edited by Emmy J. Glancy and Robert Reichardt (CEPA) in partnership with the Colorado Children’s Campaign 

  Drivers of Choice: Parents, Transportation, and School Choice July 2009 

Transportation is clearly a consideration to be factored into any discussion of school choice. Yet we know very little about how much it matters in family’s decisions about their children’s school, and almost nothing about how much of a barrier it is to school choice, especially for low-income families.  This project first surveyed the landscape of transportation and school choices in Denver and Washington, D.C.to find out their travel patterns and school choice options.

Authors: Paul Teske, Jody Fitzpatrick, Tracey O'Brien, Center for Reinventing Education-Denver 

  Options for Autonomous Schools in the Metro Denver Area June 2009 

Colorado has long been a leader in innovative education reforms, and lately the reforms have been coming at a fast and furious pace as educators, policy makers, the business community, and funders all look for new ways to help our children succeed. The sheer number of recent reforms encouraging the development of autonomous schools has led to some confusion. What is an Innovation  This report is the result of conversations among members of Colorado’s
education reform and business communities interested in encouraging the development of autonomous schools in Colorado.

Authors: Kelly Hupfeld CEPA, Colorado Children’s Campaign, the Donnell-Kay Foundation, the Metro Organizations for People, and Colorado Succeeds.

This report was funded by Communities for Public Education Reform.

Colorado Stem Network Progress Report November 2008

Colorado was one of six states selected to receive a $500,000 two-year award from the National Governors Association to create the Colorado STEM Network.  Partners include: Governor Ritter’s Office, CEPA, Colorado Children’s Campaign; College in Colorado, Colorado Math, Science, Technology, and Engineering Coalition (COMSTEC); Denver Metro WIRED and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  For more information contact the Colorado STEM Network

Author: Emmy Glancy, CEPA

Report Card (email for copy) March, 2008 State Report Card for Colorado’s P-20 Education System.  Find out how Colorado ranks on measures of preschool, K-12, and postsecondary performance!
Learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Assessing the State of STEM Education in Colorado January, 2008 Prepared by Kelly Hupfeld and Beverly Buck of CEPA as part of Colorado's STEM education reform initiative, funded by a Best Practices STEM Center grant from the National Governor's Association and the Denver Metro WIRED Initiative.
Engineering the Future: Career and Technical Education Redesigned for Today's Students December, 2007 Not your parent's vocational education class, career and technical education (CTE) is a vital component for preparing students for post-secondary studies, job placement and the formation of lifelong learning habits.  Written for Colorado Succeeds, CEPA researchers found that the best of today's CTE classes work at the intersection between academic content and practical application. Quality CTE programs respond to a number of pressing issues including closing the achievement gap, improving graduation rates and promoting post-secondary education. The report profiles model programs and identifies challenges.
Pay-for-Performance Teacher Compensation: An Inside View of Denver's ProComp Plan August, 2007 “Denver’s groundbreaking campaign to introduce performance-based pay for teachers captured national and international attention and has paved the way for similar efforts elsewhere. … In this book, Phil Gonring (The Piton Foundation), Paul Teske (CEPA), and Brad Jupp (Denver Public Schools)—among the key players in this successful come-from-behind campaign—offer the inside story of the ProComp initiative.  They describe how entrepreneurial behavior within the teachers union and support from outside philanthropic groups propelled the plan from a cutting-edge concept into concrete policy.” Harvard Education Press
Governor's Colorado P-20 Council Brief: P-3: The Foundation of the Learning Continuum August, 2007 Written by CEPA, the Colorado Children’s Campaign, and the Lt. Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, this briefing material for Governor Bill Ritter’s P20 Council defines “P-3”, puts it in the contexct of “P-20” definition, identifies the challenges of access, quality, and equity across the P-3 continuum, and poses important questions for state policymakers.
Governor's Colorado P-20 Council Brief: Teacher Quality August, 2007 Written by CEPA and the Colorado Children’s Campaign, this briefing material for Governor Bill Ritter’s P20 Council identifies key teacher quality issues, the challenges around teacher teachers, existing policy tools at the state and local district level, and poses important questions for state policymakers.
Governor's Colorado P-20 Council Brief: Transitions Into Post-Secondary Education August, 2007 Colorado seeks to double the number of certificates and degrees awarded by Colorado’s postsecondary institutions.  Written by CEPA, the Colorado Children’s Campaign,, and College in Colorado, this briefing material for Governor Bill Ritter’s P20 Council discusses current opportunities for and barriers to reaching that goal and poses important questions for state policymakers.
Governor's Colorado P-20 Council Brief: State Educational Data Systems: How Does Colorado Measure Up? August, 2007 Under the requirements of federal and state accountability systems teachers, schools and districts are under increasing pressure to significantly raise the academic achievement of all their students.  Written by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, and CEPA, this briefing material for Governor Bill Ritter’s P20 Council describes the Colorado context for collection and analysis of education data, and poses important questions for state policymakers.
Governor's Colorado P-20 Council Brief: The Graduation Gap in Colorado August, 2007 Written by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, and CEPA, this briefing material for Governor Bill Ritter’s P20 Council defines , and poses important questions for state policymakers.
Funding Map for After-School Programs in Colorado July, 2007 Sustainable funding is one of after school programming’s biggest challenges.  Prepared by The Center for Public Private Sector Cooperation and, CEPA for the Rose Community Foundation and the Colorado After School Network, researchers examined current and potential federal and local funding sources for after school programming and attempted to determine the degree to which Colorado providers tap into these funds.  Getting reliable information the amount of public and private funds committed to support of after school programs is difficult, both systemically and politically.  However congruence of several potential public policy initiatives around education reform mean that there are tables at which to bring these questions and their frustrating lack of answers.
Colorado Statewide Homeless Count February, 2007 On Monday night, August 28, 2006, an estimated 16,203 people were homeless in Colorado.  Researchers from CEPA and the Center For Public-Private Sector Cooperation analyzed point-in-time data for the Colorado Division of Housing to describe what we know about homeless respondents, their families and children
Opening Doors
How Low-Income Parents Search for the Right Schools
January, 2007 School choice is expanding, particularly in American cities.  A critical question is whether relatively low-income urban parents have the ability to gather the information they need to make good choices for their children.  This new report, presented by the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington refutes some common assumptions about how low-income parents make school-choice decisions, and finds that these parents use the same techniques and tools, and are just as satisfied with their decisions as wealthier parents.
Achievement Gap: Colorado's Biggest (Education) Problem December, 2006 Colorado’s education achievement gap creates a major issue of equity and threatens to create new inefficiencies. Funded by The Donnell Kay Foundation, and The Piton Foundation, CEPA and the Colorado Children’s Campaign look at the size of Colorado’s achievement gap and how has it changed over time?
Learning Together: Assessing Colorado's K-12 Education System October, 2006 Funded by The Donnell Kay Foundation, CEPA provides research and analysis on issues affecting preK-16 education in Colorado.
Shining the Light: The State of Teaching in Colorado Fall 2006 Robert Reichardt of CEPA and Jacqueline Paone and Vincent Bandolato (Alliance for Quality Teaching) examine issues of teacher quality in Colorado and provide recommendations for improving the quality of instruction for all students across the state.
Funding Colorado's Schools: Stepping Up or Bottoming Out? January, 2005 School finance is not simple in any state, but it is especially complicated in Colorado. Funded by The Donnell Kay Foundation, CEPA clarifies and simplifies some of the central issues in as objective a manner as possible, so a reader can learn the basic context and trends of K-12 finance, and make sense of new proposals that policy-makers will discuss in coming months.
Regulation in the States 2004 "At the very moment that state regulatory powers are being extended in new ways in numerous areas of public policy, Paul Teske offers the most comprehensive analysis of the evolving state government role published to date. …” Brookings Press

 

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