Survey Research Education and Training
Survey Research Education and Training (SRET) represents an effective tool for helping the public to understand, and become accustomed to using social science research. SSSRC provides the best pedagogical practices for social science research education and training. SSSRC offers topical training seminars to both internal and external audiences. Some examples include:
- GIS instruction to local law enforcement officers
- survey design and construction
- grant writing assistance
- social service program evaluation design and implementation
Student & Faculty Services
For classes of up to twenty-five students, the Center allows Instructors to introduce students to various software and research tools. Use of Internet Explorer for research and Blackboard for instruction have increased in recent semesters, and often once the students have received introductory lessons, they can work independently. Student technology fee support ensures that most standard software is available. In addition, SPSS and mapping software is available on all lab computers. Instructors with other specialized software needs for student use can at times be accommodated. A multimedia station is available and can be configured for use in the Center.
Research Assistants are available for assisting with a wide variety of research activities: data computerization, Internet research, qualitative data coding, telephone interviewing, and production (e.g. producing transparencies, power point presentations, and posters).
Computer Assisted Telephone Survey Services
Southeastern's Social Science Research Center (SSSRC) is equipped with Sawtooth CI3/CATI software and a 20-station phone bank to conduct telephone surveys. This software is able to generate SPSS and other types of standardly used databases. Sawtooth Technologies, Inc. provides full technical support. SSSRC, depending upon the needs of the client, either hires and trains students or uses the telephone surveying as an opportunity for service-learning experiences, giving the students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom to community service. SSSRC graduate and undergraduate research assistants provide staffing support.