Survey Research and Evaluation
Policymakers need current, objective information as they consider critical issues facing the state. The Institute of Government's survey research and evaluation specialists support policy research and technical assistance activities for state and local governments as well as for other university programs. Services provided include
Data on attitudes, knowledge, and behavior can be collected and analyzed quantitatively by survey research. The Institute's experts provide all facets of survey research, including telephone, mail, and Internet surveys.
Evaluation experts skilled at assessing the effectiveness of new state and local government agency initiatives—from individual programs to interdepartmental or even systemwide efforts—provide a systematic evaluation to determine if their activities are on track to meet their objectives.
Citizen input is important to include in democratic policy-making processes. Citizen surveys provide a scientific means of benchmarking, assessing progress, measuring satisfaction, and discovering citizen priorities.
Qualitative data provided through focus groups can provide context to quantitative data, help in the development of a case study, or assist in the wording and nuance of a questionnaire being created.
Database and Design Management
With expertise in relational database management systems, the Institute helps clients organize attitudinal, behavioral, or demographic data previously collected, adding to its usefulness.