PAR Wins National Awards at the Annual GRA Conference
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) recently won three national awards from the Governmental Research Association (GRA). GRA is a national organization of individuals and groups who study and make recommendations on state and local policy issues. The awards to PAR were presented during the annual GRA conference held last week in Boston, Massachusetts.
The GRA grants annual awards in three categories. This year PAR was honored in each category. The awards were:
- “Questioning Candidates Beyond the Platitudes,” Most Effective Education, state-level winner
- “Spending Federal Disaster Aid,” Most Distinguished Research, certificate of merit
- “PAR Research in Governmental Ethics and Transparency Yields Reforms,” Outstanding Policy Achievement, certificate of merit.
“Questioning Candidates Beyond the Platitudes” was released during the 2007 campaign season and outlines a set of issues crucial to the development of the state, but readily ignored in the campaign chatter. “Spending Federal Disaster Aid” is an analysis of FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to Louisiana and Mississippi, which demonstrates many of the intergovernmental challenges and problems federal, state, and local officials face as they navigate through the stops and starts of disaster recovery toward long-term stability. PAR Research Director Jennifer Pike is the primary author of the federal aid report.
“PAR Research in Governmental Ethics and Transparency Yields Reforms” is an awards submission that presents PAR’s body of research on five topics that eventually yielded significant improvement in the state’s ethics code.
These awards are among the 34 PAR has received from the GRA for its research since the 1950s.
“This national recognition for the high quality of our research is an honor to be shared not only by the entire PAR staff but also by our more than 3,000 individual and corporate members statewide,” said Jim Brandt, PAR President.