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March 31, 2021

Volcanic hazard map visualisation affects cognition and crisis decision-making

Evans Authors: Ann Bostrom

Clive, M. A. T., Lindsay, J. M., Leonard, G. S., Lutteroth, C., Bostrom, A., & Corballis, P. (2021). International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Hazard maps are used to communicate complex scientific data with many audiences during volcanic unrest crises, but it is unclear how common hazard visualisation styles affect cognition, behaviour, and decision-making. Here we use eye-gaze tracking and questionnaires to explore how 81 people near a volcano in New Zealand read and make decisions with hazard maps…

The Earned Income Tax Credit and Intimate Partner Violence

Evans Authors: Heather D. Hill

Edmonds, A. T., Moe, C. A., Adhia, A., Mooney, S. J., Rivara, F. P., Hill, H. D., & Rowhani-Rahbar, A. (2021). Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious public health problem in the United States with adverse consequences for affected individuals and families. Recent reviews of the literature suggest that economic policies should be further investigated as part of comprehensive strategies to address IPV. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the nation’s largest anti-poverty program…

February 28, 2021

What Motivates Local Sustainability Policy Action in China? The Case of Low-Carbon City Pilot Program

Evans Authors: Craig W. Thomas

Liu, Z., Wang, J. & Thomas, C. (2021). Urban Affairs Review.

An increasing volume of literature has sought to identify factors that motivate cities to pursue sustainability and adopt climate policies. However, most empirical studies were done in Western countries, where relatively high local autonomy and low pressure on industrial growth create conditions for spontaneous policy innovations in sustainability. This paper uses China’s Low-Carbon City Pilot Program…

January 31, 2021

Association of State-Level Earned Income Tax Credits With Rates of Reported Child Maltreatment

Evans Authors: Heather D. Hill

Kovski, N. L., Hill, H.D., Mooney, S. J., Rivara, F. P, Morgan, E. R., & Rowhani-Rahbar, A. (2021). Child Maltreatment.

Poverty is an important predictor of child maltreatment. Social policies that strengthen the economic security of low-income families, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), may reduce child maltreatment by impeding the pathways through which poverty leads to it. Economic support policies may reduce the risk of child maltreatment, especially neglect, and improve child…

Physical mobility under stay-at-home orders: A comparative analysis of movement restrictions between the U.S. and Europe

Evans Authors: Dafeng Xu

Xu, D. (2021). Economics & Human Biology.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, both the U.S. and Europe have issued movement restrictions with the exception of visits to essential services, including groceries and pharmacies. The effects of movement restrictions on physical mobility in the U.S. and Europe are compared. Findings suggest that movement restrictions appear to be less effective in the U.S., which have…

December 31, 2020

Towards a Comparative Framework of Adaptive Planning and Anticipatory Action Regimes in Chile, Japan, and the US

Evans Authors: Ann Bostrom

Kuriyama, N., Maly, E., León, J., Abramson, D., Nguyen, L. T., & Bostrom, A. (2020), Journal of Disaster Research.

Coastal regions around the Pacific Ring of Fire share the risk of massive earthquakes and tsunamis. Along with their own political-economic, cultural and biophysical contexts, each region has their own history and experiences of tsunami disasters. Based on a comparison of earthquake and tsunami hazards, social factors, and the roles of government, this paper outlines…

Increasing Identification of Homeless Students

Evans Authors: Crystal C. Hall

With Shephard, D. D., Hall, C., & Lamberton, C. (2020). Educational Researcher.

The more than 1.5 million students in the United States who experience homelessness are entitled to educational support through the Education for Homeless Children & Families program, many of whom are not identified and never receive this support. Through a randomized controlled trial across 1,732 local education agencies in New Jersey, New Mexico, and New…

Dean’s Forum on Race & Public Policy: Election 2020 Retrospective – Information, Policy, and Outcomes

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Discusses the weaknesses and opportunities in our election systems as we work toward ensuring that our elections are safe, fair, and equitable. With a special focus on election outcomes, look at the impact of information and disinformation campaigns along with the importance of policy and legal approaches to protect and restore voter rights. A critical…

November 30, 2020

Local Impacts of a Global Crisis: How Washington State Nonprofits are Responding to COVID-19

Barnhart, E. M., Gugerty, M. K., Finchum-Mason, E.A., & Husted, K.

This report confirms what those working for nonprofits already knew: Nonprofits are being asked to do more and more with less and less. Funding is down 30% and volunteerism is down 30-50%. Yet the need for, and dependence on, nonprofits continues to grow. This trend must be reversed in short order if nonprofits are going…

Invisible Wounds: Local Gun Homicides and Adolescents’ Mental Health and Behavioral Outcomes

Evans Authors: Heather D. Hill

Leibbrand, C., Hill, H. D., Rowhani-Rahbar, A., & Rivara, F. (2020). SSM - Population Health.

Prior research has illustrated the importance of some types of local community crime for adolescents’ outcomes. However, we have little knowledge about the extent to which gun homicides within adolescents’ neighborhoods affect their mental health and behavioral outcomes. This study, led by Dr. Christine Leibbrand, Research Scientist at the UW Center for Studies in Demography…

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