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

  • Community Forums on Water Quality

    Get engaged: Identify, discuss and prioritize local water quality concerns at upcoming community forums hosted by Extension. The interactive forums are an opportunity for residents, business owners, local officials and other stakeholders to discuss water quality problems they are concerned about or have noticed in Arkansas' 10 priority watersheds affected by nonpoint source pollution. They are also an occasion for you to meet others in your area who are interested in water quality or starting a local watershed group.

     Upcoming forums:

    • April 14 - 5-8 p.m., Sam Jones Senior Center, 1122 Prestress Dr. in Hampton. (Lower Ouachita-Smackover Watershed)

    Check back later for dates for the Beaver,  Illinois, L'Anguille, and Lake Conway-Point Remove watershed forums.

    Dates for the Bayou Bartholomew, Cache, Poteau, Strawberry and Upper Saline watershed forums have already passed.




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