Louisiana State University’s Public Policy Research Lab (PPRL) is a research center dedicated to high quality, state-of-the-art data collection and analytics, with a special emphasis on survey research. For more than 15 years we have advanced both practical and scholarly research while playing a leadership role in public policy development at the state and national level. We serve government agencies, non-profit organizations, business and industry, as well as academic researchers.Learn More
Louisiana has come under increased scrutiny over the issue of government transparency and public access to state records. The Center for Public Integrity, a watchdog group that tracks transparency and ethics policies across the United States, recently assigned a grade of F to Louisiana for its record on public access to government information.
Do the residents of Louisiana share this concern about the need for access to government records? The 2016 Louisiana Survey, a project of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, shows there is broad support for the principles of transparency and public access to government records. However, when it comes to putting these principles in practice, support is sensitive to the specific kinds of records at issue.
This is the sixth in a series of releases about findings from the 2016 Louisiana Survey.See More Projects
“The results from the Louisiana Survey should provide state leaders with an invaluable resource – and used wisely- should help advance the rebuilding process.”
“We needed a high quality survey done quickly because we wanted to capture time sensitive data. The staff at the PPRL helped us develop a great instrument, and collected nearly a 1,000 interviews in a very short period of time. They did a great job, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
“Our Planning team wanted to fill gaps with new programming, not duplicate already existing services for children who have exceptionalities. PPRL met with us from the start to listen to our goals. From that meeting, we quickly moved forward with a survey that reached our audience and fit our budget. Their work gave us a clear picture of needs from the people who will use our services.”