News & Events

Drawing attention to trends and new research is an important part of MissionSquare Research Institute’s mission.  To that end, the Research Institute collaborates with media outlets and related organizations to promote its research and resources. The Institute’s research has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Axios, CNBC, Bloomberg News, Fox Business, Governing, Politico, Forbes, USA Today, and many other outlets. State legislators and agencies, local governments, and federal and congressional entities rely on and cite that research regularly.

The Research Institute also holds events and webinars to focus on timely issues, enabling state and local governments and other public service organizations to build capacity to attract and retain the talent they need to operate in an increasingly complex world.

Latest News

E-news: Divesity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workforce; Public Pension Data

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Public Service Workforce

  • Public Plans Data Snapshot

  • ICMA Conference Presentations

  • MissionSquare Research Institute in the News

New research from MissionSquare Research Institute uncovers critical insights on diversity, equity, and inclusion across the public sector workforce

A new research report provides a comprehensive analysis of the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) landscape across the public sector workforce. The study includes historical and projected data for a wide variety of occupations, and indicates areas where certain gender, racial, or ethnic groups are statistically under- or over-represented. While employment trends vary regionally and […]

State and Local Retirement Pension Plans Funded Status Holds Steady Despite Pandemic

New Research Finds State and Local Pension Fund Investments in Alternatives Tripled Since 2005, Representing Larger Share Than Fixed Income Investments A new analysis finds that through the first quarter of 2021, state and local retirement plans have accumulated assets of $5 trillion in defined benefit (DB) pension plans and $531 billion in defined contribution […]


Webinar: K-12 Employees – Anxiety About Student Learning, COVID-19 Risk, Personal Finances

Ninety percent of K-12 employees are concerned about students falling behind as a result of the pandemic. At the same time, K-12 employees are working longer hours, having difficulty adjusting to changes in the nature of their jobs and are worried about protecting their families from COVID-19. Many say they have faced negative financial impacts […]

Webinar: Strategic Local Government Workforce Management in the Wake of the Pandemic

MissionSquare Research Institute and the National League of Cities partner on exploring strategies for managing the public workforce in changing times.

Webinar Series, Pt 3: Optimized Benefits and Compensation to Meet Employees’ Needs

MissionSquare Research Institute, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and the Mejorando Group discuss how states and localities can optimize benefits and compensation to gain a competitive advantage in recruitment and retention.