Laura Littlepage

Laura Littlepage

School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Senior Policy Analyst, Public Policy Institute
Office: EE 305, 334 N. Senate Avenue
Phone: 317-261-3061

Curriculum Vitae
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Laura Littlepage joined SPEA and the Institute in 1992 and is currently the faculty advisor to the Public Affairs Student Association. In addition to teaching in SPEA and conducting research at the Institute involving nonprofits, service learning, public policy and evaluation, she is an affiliate faculty member of the Lilly School of Philanthropy.


  • M.P.A., Urban Public Policy, New York University
  • B.S., Public Affairs, Indiana University

Professional experience

  • Senior Researcher, IU Public Policy Institute, IUPUI
  • Administrative Director, Methodist Research Institute, Indianapolis
  • Deputy Director, Office of Research, Indiana Department of Commerce
  • Policy Analyst, Division of Planning and Budget, Indiana Department of Transportation
  • Management Analyst, Management Systems, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn
  • Team Leader, Special Education, Office of Budget Operations & Review, NY Board of Education
  • Housing Analyst, Bureau of Financial Analysis, New York City Office of the Comptroller
  • Capital Budget Analyst, Bureau of Financial Analysis, NY City Office of the Comptroller

Professional affiliations

  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Indiana Chapter Secretary/Treasurer, 2003-2013
  • International Society for Third Sector Research

Major fields of expertise

  • Evaluation, including needs assessments, process, outcome and impact evaluations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Voluntarism
  • Service learning

Courses taught

  • SPEA (multiple sections) Do the Homeless Count (in-person)
  • SPEA-V 522 Human Resource Management in Nonprofits (online)
  • SPEA-V 562 Public Program Evaluation (in-person and online)
  • SPEA-V 598 Leadership and Governance in a Global Society (online)
  • SPEA-V 502 Public Administration (online)
  • SPEA-V 379 Research Methods

Intellectual contributions

  • Moody, Michael, Laura Littlepage and Naveed Paydar. (2015) Measuring Social Return on Investment: Lessons from Organizational Implementation of SROI in the Netherlands and the United States. Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
  • Gazley, Beth, Teresa Bennett, and Laura Littlepage (2013). Achieving the Partnership Principle in Experiential Learning: The Nonprofits Perspective. Journal of Public Affairs Education. Summer 2013 Volume 19, No. 3.
  • Gazley, B., Laura Littlepage, and Bennett, T. (2012). What about the host agency? Nonprofit perspectives on community-based student learning and volunteering. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 41(6) 1030-1051.
  • Littlepage, L., Gazley, B. and Bennett, T.. (2012). Service-learning from the supply side: Community capacity to engage students. Nonprofit Management and Leadership. vol. 22 no. 3 spring 2012
  • Coursey, D. Brudney, J., Littlepage, L. and Perry, J. (2011) Does Public Service Motivation Matter in Volunteering Domain Choices? A Test of Functional Theory Review of Public Personnel Administration March 2011 31: 48-66
  • Perry, J., Brudney, J., Coursey, D., and Littlepage, L. (2008) What Drives Morally Committed Citizens? A Study of the Antecedents of Public Service Motivation. Public Administration Review 68(3) 445-458.
  • Coursey, D., Perry, J. Brudney, J. and Littlepage, L. (2008) Psychometric Verification of Perry’s Public Service Motivation Instrument: Results for Volunteer Exemplars. Review of Public Personnel Management 8 (1)(March 2008)
  • Littlepage, L., Perry, J, .Brudney, J., and Goff, P. (2007) Exemplary Volunteers: What Is the Role of Faith? International Journal of Volunteer Administration 24(5) 13-25.)
  • Christensen, R., Perry, J. & Littlepage, L. (2006) Making a Difference in a Day: An Assessment of Join Hands Day. Journal of Volunteer Administration 23 (4), 23-30.
  • Felsenstein, D., Littlepage, L. & Klacik, D. (1999). Casino gambling as local growth generation: Playing the economic development game in reverse? Journal of Urban Affairs, 21(4), 409-421.
  • Przybylski, M., Felsenstein, D., Freeman, D., & Littlepage, L. (1998). Does gambling complement the tourist industry? Some empirical evidence of tourist substitution and demand displacement. Tourism Economic, 4(3), 213-231.
  • Przybylski, M., & Littlepage, L. (1997). Estimating the market for limited site casino gaming in northern Indiana and northeastern Illinois. Journal of Urban Affairs, 19(3), 319-333.
  • Przybylski, M., Littlepage, L., & Rosentraub, M. (1996, Spring). Philanthropy, nonprofits, and the fiscal health of cities. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 25(1), 14-39.

For publications through the Public Policy Institute visit

Recent grants

  • 2016 Principal Investigator, Youth Homelessness Survey ($10,265)
  • 2016 Principal Investigator, Homeless Count Winter 2017 ($17,840)
  • 2016 Principal Investigator, Research for Education Workforce Innovation Network ($54,500)
  • 2016 Principal Investigator, Community Health Improvement Plan for the Marion County Public Health Department ($28,000)
  • 2015 Co-Principal Investigator (with Mark Lawrance) Thriving Communities, Thriving State ($385,000)
  • 2015 Principal Investigator, Home Count Winter 2016 ($17,840
  • 2015 Principal Investigator, Obtain Public Input and Facilitate the Development of Goal Statements for the Indiana 5 year State Plan for People with Disabilities ($48,539)
  • 2014 Principal Investigator, Community Services Block Grant Indiana Community Needs Assessment ($50,000)
  • 2014 Principal Investigator, Preparation for the Foundations of East Chicago Leadership Transition ($41,000)
  • 2013 Co-Principal Investigator (with Sam Nunn) Marion County Public Defender Agency Indigency screening project ($75,000)
  • 2013 Principal Investigator, Indianapolis Continuum of Care: Homelessness Database Evaluation and Gaps Analysis ($26,410)
  • 2013 Principal Investigator, Homeless Count Winter 2014 ($15,840)
  • 2012 Principal Investigator, An Analysis of the Indianapolis Public Library Patrons’ Geographic, Facility, and Technological Patterns ($26,000)
  • 2012 Principal Investigator, Homeless Count Winter 2013 ($15,840)
  • 2012 Principal Investigator, Technology Assessment for Indianapolis Public Library ($26,000)
  • 2012 Principal Investigator, Organizational Review of Foundations of East Chicago
  • 2011 Principal Investigator, Homeless Count Winter 2012
  • 2011 Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Ivy Tech’s Energy Initiative
  • 2011 Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Ivy Tech’s Prisoner Education Program