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Arkansas Public Policy Center

The Public Policy Center exists to provide Arkansans with 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
  • Help citizens craft, evaluate and implement alternative solutions to public issues

Policy Focus Areas

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Ballot Issue Education

Helping Arkansans understand proposed state or local laws on their ballot.

Become an informed voter!

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Cottage Food Law

What is the difference between Cottage Foods and Manufactured Foods in Arkansas? Find fact sheets, webinars and additional information about Arkansas' Cottage Food Law.

Find Cottage Food Law information

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Legislative Education and Awareness Program (LEAP)

Arkansas legislators convene every even-year to pass laws. The 2021 session begins Jan. 11. and redistricting for state and federal lawmakers is on the agenda. Redistricting affects all Arkansans.

Understand the Redistricting Process in Arkansas

News and Upcoming Events

Arkansas Citizens Access Network (ARCAN)
AR-CAN offers livestreaming of government proceedings and public meetings throughout the state. You can watch live streaming of the Arkansas legislature.

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Public Policy Center Faculty and Staff

The Public Policy Center was established in 2004 by the University of Arkansas System 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, media relations, environmental and natural resource policy and programs. 

Ellie Wheeler

Ellie Wheeler

Program Associate

Areas: Economic development, public finance, data analysis and visualization, and policy analysis