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Project Citation: 

Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. Michigan Public Policy Survey Public Use Datasets. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-04-28.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) is a program of state-wide surveys of local government leaders in Michigan. The MPPS is designed to fill an important information gap in the policymaking process. While there are ongoing surveys of the business community and of the citizens of Michigan, before the MPPS there were no ongoing surveys of local government officials that were representative of all general purpose local governments in the state. Therefore, while we knew the policy priorities and views of the state's businesses and citizens, we knew very little about the views of the local officials who are so important to the economies and community life throughout Michigan.

The MPPS was launched in 2009 by the 
Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the University of Michigan and is conducted in partnership with the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Municipal League, and Michigan Townships Association. The associations provide CLOSUP with contact information for the survey's respondents, and consult on survey topics. CLOSUP makes all decisions on survey design, data analysis, and reporting, and receives no funding support from the associations.

The surveys investigate local officials' opinions and perspectives on a variety of important public policy issues and solicit factual information about their localities relevant to policymaking. Over time, the program has covered issues such as fiscal, budgetary and operational policy, fiscal health, public sector compensation, workforce development, local-state governmental relations, intergovernmental collaboration, economic development strategies and initiatives such as placemaking and economic gardening, the role of local government in environmental sustainability, energy topics such as hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and wind power, trust in government, views on state policymaker performance, opinions on the impacts of the Federal Stimulus Program (ARRA), and more. The program will investigate many other issues relevant to local and state policy in the future.  A 
searchable database of every question the MPPS has asked is available on CLOSUP's website. Results of MPPS surveys are currently available as reports, and via online data tables.

Out of a commitment to promoting public knowledge of Michigan local governance, the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy is releasing public use datasets. In order to protect respondent confidentiality, CLOSUP has divided the data collected in each wave of the survey into separate datasets focused on different topics that were covered in the survey. Each dataset contains only variables relevant to that subject, and the datasets cannot be linked together. Variables have also been omitted or recoded to further protect respondent confidentiality.  For researchers looking for a more extensive release of the MPPS data, restricted datasets are available through openICPSR's Virtual Data Enclave.

Please note: additional waves of MPPS public use datasets are being prepared, and will be available as part of this project as soon as they are completed. For information on accessing MPPS public use and restricted datasets, please visit the MPPS data access page:

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms townships; cities; counties; public policy; local government; villages; Michigan; municipalities
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage Michigan
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 1/1/2008 – 6/1/2020 (2008-Present)


Response Rate:  View help for Response Rate Varies by wave. Response rate by jurisdiction has ranged from 64.9% - 76% 
Sampling:  View help for Sampling The MPPS is a census survey of all 1,856 Michigan counties, cities, villages, and townships.  Top elected and appointed officials in each jurisdiction were surveyed.  One response from each responding jurisdiction is included in each dataset. If two responses are received from the same jurisdiction in a particular survey wave, the criteria for inclusion in that wave's data set are based on [in order]: completeness of the survey, if the official is appointed (rather than elected), or if the respondent is the top elected official.
Collection Mode(s):  View help for Collection Mode(s) mail questionnaire; web-based survey
Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation local government jurisdictions

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