Reports

Center for the Future of Arizona has published several reports over the years that focus on education and issues that matter most to Arizonans.

RetailWorks AZ – Retail Trade in the Phoenix Area

RetailWorks AZ – Retail Trade in the Phoenix Area

Published: 2016

Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) initiated a landscape analysis of the retail sector in the Greater Phoenix area. ACA examined the value of the retail sector to the Phoenix economy, wages, competitive position vis a vis comparable MSA’s and health of the sector and recovery from the recession.

Vision 2025: Arizona Comes of Age

Vision 2025: Arizona Comes of Age

Published: 2015

This report sets forth a call to action that challenges both Arizonans and leaders to transform what the Center has learned about "who we are" as a state into an action plan designed to achieve the clearly enunciated goals of all Arizonans.

The Arizona We Want 2.0: The Case for Action

The Arizona We Want 2.0: The Case for Action

Published: 2013

The rapid transformation of Arizona that's underway requires a fresh, bold restatement of who we are and how we respond to the road ahead.

Research Into Action: Celebrating Five Years of Beat the Odds

Research Into Action: Celebrating Five Years of Beat the Odds

Published: 2012

Beat the Odds began as a research study to answer the question, "What does it take to get great results in schools with mostly low income, mostly Latino students?" Five years later, the question has been answered, and schools across the state are implementing Beat the Odds keys to success.

Digital Learning: How to Enhance the Learning of Any Child, at Any Time, and in Any Place

Digital Learning: How to Enhance the Learning of Any Child, at Any Time, and in Any Place

Published: 2012

This report seeks to answer some of the key questions about digital learning. What is digital learning? Where are we as a country and in Arizona? What opportunities does digital learning present? And how can we make the best use of it to help educate our children?

2011 Arizona Civic Health Index

2011 Arizona Civic Health Index

Published: 2011

Arizona improves on 11 of 13 indicators measured annually by the National Conference on Citizenship.

2010 Arizona Civic Health Index

2010 Arizona Civic Health Index

Published: 2010

Arizona ranks below the national average on all indicators, and in the bottom quartile on seven.

The Arizona We Want

The Arizona We Want

Published: 2009

A partnership with Gallup provided the opportunity to build a citizens’ agenda, the first in the nation. The Gallup Arizona Poll captured a realistic and contemporary picture of what citizens think about life in Arizona communities and what they want for the future.

Developing Pathways to Postsecondary Success

Developing Pathways to Postsecondary Success

Published: 2009

This report is an overview of the challenges faced by Arizona students in progressing through the education system as it is now structured. The original research, which was supported by Helios Education Foundation, makes the case for a pathways approach.

Everybody's Problem: A Closer Look at Arizona's High School Graduation Rate

Everybody's Problem: A Closer Look at Arizona's High School Graduation Rate

Published: 2007

The research report finds that high school graduation rates for all of Arizona’s ethnic groups, including the majority White population, trail those of other states, including geographically and socioeconomically similar Texas.

Bridging the Grad Gap: Measuring the Economic Benefits of Educational Attainment in Arizona

Bridging the Grad Gap: Measuring the Economic Benefits of Educational Attainment in Arizona

Published: 2007

Students who drop out of high school face significant economic disadvantages compared to their peers who graduate. The stud shows the importance of gaining education beyond high school to a student’s economic success and quality of life.

Why Some Schools with Latino Children Beat the Odds ... and Others Don't

Published: 2006

This nationally acclaimed study examines Latino education in Arizona and finds that demography is not destiny. The study identified six keys to success in schools where student achievement was better than expected when compared to students in similar schools.