Public Plans Database – Access Trends and Online Tools

For those tracking public retirement plan performance, additional data is available now for 2021. The Public Plans Database contains information for 210 state and local defined benefit pension plans and over 100 defined contribution plans. New data released in quarter one continues to show the impact of strong investment performance in 2021. Site users have access to raw nationwide data, state-level summaries, or single plan snapshots, as well as downloadable graphs.

The database is the result of a partnership between the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, MissionSquare Research Institute, and the Government Finance Officers Association, intended to inform policy discussion and research. To access the latest data, click here.

Presentation Slides: K-12 Workforce and COVID

The Research Institute’s recent report on the Continued Impact of COVID-19 on Public Sector Employee Job and Financial Outlook, Satisfaction, and Retention provides an overview of the nationwide surveys of state and local government employees conducted from May 2020 to December 2021.

For the latest slice of that data, a new slide deck shows specific impacts on the workforce in public K-12 education.  Click here to download the slide deck.

MissionSquare Research Institute in the News

Time cited Research Institute data in its coverage of public sector recruitment challenges.

ForbesRoute Fifty, and Reason Foundation cited Institute survey data on public sector employees considering retirement, changing jobs or otherwise leaving the workforce.

Institute Managing Director Joshua Franzel, PhD, was interviewed by Barrett and Greene regarding public sector job openings. That data was also referenced in a guest column in the Topeka Capital-Journal and in the context of retention challenges in coverage by Thomson Reuters.

Data from the report Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Public Service Workforce was cited in BenefitsPro.

Pensions&Investments recognized Milwaukee County Transit for work that stemmed from an employee financial wellness grant provided through the Research Institute, Wells Fargo Foundation, the National Association of State Treasurers, and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources.