Arkansas Public Policy Center

The Public Policy Center exists to provide Arkansans with timely, credible, unbiased and research-based information and education about public issues. Public issues are defined as pressing and emerging issues that involve multiple points of view and have widespread consequences.

Our goals are to:

  • Increase citizen knowledge, awareness and understanding of public issues;
  • Enhance public participation in decisions regarding public issues and
  • Help citizens craft, evaluate and implement alternative solutions to public issues.

Policy Areas


Water Quality

Arkansas is a water rich state but has its share of polluted waterways. We offer further understanding of federal and state water policy. 

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Ballot Issue Education

Helping Arkansans understand the financial, social or policy implications of a proposed state or local law

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Arkansas' energy policy has mostly focused on promoting energy efficiency. But in recent years, businesses and residents have sought policies promoting renewable and clean energy development. 

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Stormwater Education

When it rains, snows or sleets in Arkansas, where does that water go? 

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Farm to School

Farm to school is a movement now reaching more than 40,000 schools. What are recommendations for those interested in expanding such efforts?

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Upcoming Events and News

  • 2015 ANRC Nonpoint Source Stakeholder & Project Review Meeting

    Registration is now open for the 2015 Arkansas Natural Resources Commission' Nonpoint Source Stakeholder and Project Review meeting.

    Click here to register

    When: Sept. 22 & 23, 2015

    Where: Extension State Office, Little Rock

    What's on the agenda?

    - Presentations and a panel discussion on how watershed groups succeeded at developing and using watershed management plans. 

    - Priority Watershed Matrix updates, Inclusion of Threatened and Endangered Species.

    - Share your latest water quality efforts, 2015 Snapshot Reporting.

    - Setting priorities and moving to action in priority watersheds.

    - Project Reviews on Day Two, 319 program.

    - Optional afternoon tour: Low Impact Development in downtown Little Rock. Space is limited to 40 people.

  • Water Quality Snapshot Reporting

    Share your water quality improvement efforts with us. The time period involves projects completed July 1, 2014 - Aug. 30, 2015.

    The deadline to submit information is Sept. 30, 2015.

    Report online by clicking here.



Faculty and Staff

The Public Policy Center was established in 2004 by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture to provide research-based, non-partisan analyses and evaluation of public policy issues. The Center's goal isn't to tell citizens what to think, but rather to increase their knowledge and awareness of public issues and participation in decisions regarding those issues.

Public Policy Center Director


Dr. Stacey McCullough

Director of the Public Policy Center

Areas: Entrepreneurship, public policy, agritourism, electronic commerce, rural development.

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Kristin Higgins

Program Associate

Areas: Public referendum, local government finance, energy, media relations, environmental and natural resource policy and programs.

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Amanda Philyaw Perez

Program Associate

Areas: Public policy, community-based program planning, evaluation, food systems research, public health, and environmental and natural resource policy and programs.

Affiliated Staff at the UA Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service