UNH Carsey School to Assume Publication of What is New Hampshire?


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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DURHAM, N.H.—The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire will now publish the signature research publication of the former New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, What is New Hampshire? The center closed earlier this year.

The goal of the publication is to provide a clear picture of where New Hampshire has been, where it is today, and where it might be heading in the future by presenting objective data, charts and graphs on issues ranging from the state economy and its demographics to how it funds its public education.

“We are delighted to pass this torch to the Carsey School,” said Eric Herr, chair of the center’s board. “It was important to us to continue this work and we sought a partner that would preserve its quality and non-partisan objectivity, and extend its content and presentation. In Carsey, we are confident that we have found that partner.”

What is New Hampshire? is widely used by Leadership New Hampshire and other local leadership programs, as well as by state policy makers, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, the media and the general public throughout the state. According to Steve Reno, executive director of Leadership New Hampshire, “this publication has served as a valuable reference source annually for each class of Leadership New Hampshire. We are pleased to enter into this new relationship with the Carsey School to ensure the publication continues to serve that purpose.”

The 2019 edition will be housed online with materials downloadable for printing. The research and production of the report will be overseen by Marybeth Mattingly, a research program director in the Carsey School and a research assistant professor of sociology.

“The Center for Public Policy Studies has been an important institution for our state and What is New Hampshire? a valued resource,” said Michael Ettlinger, founding director of the Carsey School. “The board and former staff of the center made many significant contributions during their years of service and deserve the thanks of all of us who live or work in the state. We’re pleased to add this signature publication to our existing body of New Hampshire focused high quality, objective non-partisan research and analysis.” 

In addition, the N.H. Center for Public Policy Studies chose the New Hampshire Historical Society to hold in perpetuity its archives of data, administrative records, publications and presentations. These will be available through its website and online catalog. “This material will have value for researchers in the future and we are glad to facilitate its availability,” said William Dunlap, president of the historical society.

The Carsey School of Public Policy conducts research, leadership development, and engaged scholarship relevant to public policy. They address pressing challenges, striving for innovative, responsive, and equitable solutions at all levels of government and in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

The University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business, engineering, law, health and human services, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea and space.