Utah Foundation wins top awards for policy research

Written by: Dan Bammes

The Governmental Research Association, the national organization for public policy research professionals, has recognized Utah Foundation’s work with two of its top awards. The selections were announced August 1st at GRA’s national conference in Detroit.

The three-part Utah Health Cost Series was honored with the Most Distinguished Research award. Utah voters put health care at the top of their list of priorities during 2016’s Utah Priorities Project, with their concern focused mainly on the cost of care. Research Analyst Sam Brucker was the principal author of the three-report series explaining trends in medical service costs, health insurance premiums and Utah’s Medicaid programs.

The multi-part Utah Tax Policy Series and related educational materials won GRA’s Most Effective Education award. Research Analyst Christopher Collard was the principal author of the reports looking at Utah’s property, income and sales taxes.

“These awards offer hard evidence of our determination to ensure this is the most effective organization of its kind in the nation,” said Utah Foundation President Peter Reichard. “But, more importantly, they highlight work designed to serve our fellow Utahns and assist decision makers.”

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