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Through its survey research services the Institute attempts to monitor the quality of life in South Carolina by providing current data to policymakers, the media and the public on such issues as health, taxation, the environment, recreation, and perceptions of public services. The Institute works cooperatively with faculty from throughout the University, with state agencies, and with local governments to provide data on how South Carolinians view public policy issues and the background characteristics that are related to differences in opinions and behavior.

The Institute has the capacity for carrying out all phases of survey research, including identification of the most appropriate method for gathering information, questionnaire design, sample selection, data collection and processing, and analysis. Through its survey services, the Institute is committed to the development of stable and continuing public policy research programs and to providing readily available information and efficient data collection mechanisms to foster this research effectively. The Institute's goals in this area include:
  • Conducting survey-based projects for clients external to the University, particularly state agencies and local governments, to enable them to collect high quality data on issues of concern.
  • Collaborating with faculty on campus and at other universities to conduct survey-based investigations of public policy issues.
  • Involving faculty, state agencies, and other policy-makers in the South Carolina State Survey, to foster the collection of data on a wide range of policy issues facing the state.
  • Conducting methodological research on various aspects of the survey process and to incorporate the findings of this research into the operational procedures used in the Institute in order to maintain high quality, state-of-the-discipline data collection procedures.

Through these survey research efforts the Institute also attempts to:

  • Provide information to policymakers, the media, and the general public.
  • Provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in Institute projects.
  • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses as part of the University curriculum.
  • Provide direct assistance to state agencies, local governments, and other public organizations, including consultation on research design, questionnaire development, data collection, and data analysis, and by providing access to the resources of the Institute.
  • Give lectures and presentations on survey research and public opinion to state agencies,
    local governments, and community groups.
PROGRAM CONTACT:

Director of Survey Research
Institute for Public Service and Policy Research
1400 Pickens Street, Suite 400
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: (803) 777-4566
Fax (803) 777-4575.
e-mail: roldendi@mailbox.sc.edu
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