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PAR Awards

PAR has received numerous awards from the Governmental Research Association (GRA), including:

Year Award Publication/ Position





GRA Outstanding Policy Achievement

GRA Best Short Form Video

GRA Most Distinguished Research

Louisiana Political Hall of Fame

Most Distinguished Research Award

RESET Louisiana

Coastal Restoration Project

Constitutional Reform Project

Edward J. “Ed Steimel, PAR Executive Director 1954-1975

Innovation in Louisiana: Maximizing Investment in University Research to Promote a Knowledge-Based Economy

2015 Outstanding Policy Achievement Award Louisiana Needs a Champion for Open Government : PAR was awarded for outstanding work on public records
2013 The Most Effective Education Award The Sunshine Headquarters portal
2012 Frederick P. Gruenberg Award James C. “Jim” Brandt,
Former PAR President, was awarded for his numerous contributions to and longtime service in governmental research
2010 Frederick P. Gruenberg Award Richard T. “Ty” Keller, PAR’s senior research associate emeritus was awarded for his career of service in governmental research
2009 Most Effective Education GulfGov Reports: Study of the Recovery, Role and Capacity of the States and Localities Damaged by the 2005 Hurricanes
2008 Most Effective Education Questioning Candidates Beyond the Platitudes
2005 Most Distinguished Research NCLB: A Steep Climb Ahead
2005 Most Effective Education Public Employee Retirement: A Time for Change
2003 Most Distinguished Research White Paper on Higher Education
1999 Most Distinguished Research Education Accountability and the Role of School Choice
1999 Most Original Presentation Your Louisiana Government: An Owner’s Manual
1998 Special Achievement The Community College Question
1997 Most Effective Citizen Education School Employee Pay: How Does It Stack Up?
1995 Most Distinguished Research Corporate Tax Burdens in the Southern States: A Comparison
1991 Special Achievement Financing Louisiana’s Future
1990 Most Distinguished Research Assignment: Education
1989 Special Achievement Campaign Finances in 1987 Governors’ Race
1988 Most Effective Presentation Financing Louisiana’s Future
1988 Most Distinguished Research Financing Louisiana’s Future
Year Award Publication
2009 Most Distinguished Research Redistricting 2010: Reforming the Process of Distributing Political Power
2008 Most Distinguished Research Spending Federal Disaster Aid
2008 Outstanding Policy Acheivement PAR Research in Governmental Ethics and Transparency Yields Reforms
2006 Policy Research Education Finance Reform: A 65% Solution?
2004 Effective Education 2003 Guide to the Constitutional Amendments
2003 Policy Achievement Louisiana’s Sunshine Laws: The Promise and Peril of New Technology
2002 Effective Education Education Funding: How Does Louisiana Compare?
2002 Policy Achievement Louisiana’s Sunshine Laws: Guaranteeing the Citizen’s Right to Know
2001 Most Distinguished Research Fiscal Decision Making: Room for Improvement
1998 Effective Citizen Presentation Louisiana Sunshine Laws: Guaranteeing the Citizen’s Right to Know
1994 Special Achievement Louisiana Fiscal Focus
1992 Special Achievement Assignment: Education
1990 Effective Presentation Assignment: Education