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
Through these survey research efforts the Institute also attempts
- Provide information to policymakers, the media, and the general
- Provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to
participate in Institute projects.
- Teach graduate and undergraduate courses as part of the
- 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
- Give lectures and presentations on survey research and public
opinion to state agencies,
local governments, and community groups.
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.