The Burruss Institute maintains a diverse team of highly-skilled professional staff as well as a variety of technical applications and resources. This allows us to create custom research methodologies and efficiently collect data. Staff employ best practices at all stages of study design and implementation. Consistently applying these scientifically proven checks and balances ensures that the results we provide are sound, and transferable to real-world practices. Project outcomes can then be used to help guide decision making, provide feedback on the performance of programs, and identify areas of need within a community.
We conduct a wide range of research projects annually. Below are links to our previous ‘Year in Review’ reports, which highlight some of the studies completed that year. A selection of recent projects are also available on this page and serve as examples of the Institute's extensive experience with different types of clients and research activities.
Recently Completed Projects
Bibb County Civic Culture Survey
On behalf of Community Partnership, Inc., the Institute conducted a survey of 402 adult residents of Bibb County and the City of Macon to determine the respondents’ levels of civic engagement. The survey looked at volunteerism and community activism, interest and involvement in local political issues, family engagement, preferred sources of news about local and national events, and voting.
South Sudan Aid Worker Attacks Survey
Over the past several years, the situation in South Sudan has deteriorated into one of the largest humanitarian crises on the planet. The current crisis has negatively affected millions of South Sudanese citizens and has made humanitarian interventions much more challenging. Within this context, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) often work to provide critical assistance to the most vulnerable populations, while also trying to ensure the safety and well-being of their staff.
Burruss worked with Dr. Jerry Herbel and Mr. Nicholas Smith, KSU graduate student, to develop and field an online survey designed to learn more about how, or if, NGOs are collaborating to ensure the safety of their staff and maintain operational security in South Sudan. The goal was to identify and promote best practices and processes to keep NGO staff safe in similar contexts. 204 Senior managers at NGOs in the South Sudan were invited to participate in the survey.
In addition, the Institute created shapefiles for the recently increased number of states in South Sudan by digitizing their boundaries using images obtained from the web. The shapefiles were used to create a map of South Sudan and attacks on aid workers were plotted on the map as points. The map enabled viewers to quickly identify the areas in South Sudan where aid workers had been attacked.
Marietta 21st CCLC at Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Service, Inc. (YELLS) Evaluation
The Burruss Institute has evaluated the YELLS 21st CCLC program since it was awarded in 2017. The program serves elementary school students in grades K-5 and high school students in grades 9-12 in the Franklin Gateway community of Marietta, Georgia. The goals of the YELLS program were to help youth achieve academic success, promote youth development (i.e., improve self-efficacy and soft skills), and to promote family engagement. Burruss provided formative and summative evaluations using data from site visits, school records, and youth/parent/teacher surveys. Feedback provided to program staff included recommendations for best practices and professional development. Click here to read our evaluation report.
Cobb County Community Development Block Grant Needs Assessment and Community Profile Project
The Institute conducted a needs assessment and community profile for the Cobb County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Office. Using data from the Census, Georgia Department of Education, various health databases, and other sources, the Institute developed a profile for the county which included variables ranging from health, economics, education, poverty, and demographic changes within the population of Cobb County. As part of the community profile, maps were created with census tract level data related to poverty and demographics in Cobb County. In support of the CDBG’s Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) program, the Institute also conducted an online survey of officials from organizations that receive CSBG funding. A paper survey was also created for distribution to clients of community service organizations. The surveys collected data about the participants’ perception of unmet needs currently facing Cobb County’s community.
Street Smart Youth Project Program Evaluation
The Institute has worked with Street Smart Youth Project (SSYP) since 2016 to evaluate several programs provided by the nonprofit organization. SSYP works with minority youth in order to involve, prepare and empower them for growth and healthy living as adults, with an emphasis on prevention regarding delinquency, substance use, and HIV. The Institute is currently evaluating a grant funded by Gilead, in addition to two grants funded by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities: Early Intervention Services (EIS) and the Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Project (ASAPP). The data collected during evaluation periods is used to provide SSYP with results of the outcomes of their programs.
MKSK Greenville County, SC Telephone Survey
The Institute worked with landscape architecture and planning firm, MKSK, and Greenville County (SC) to design and implement a Citizen Survey to obtain residents’ opinions on a series of issues facing the county, including transportation, housing and other quality of life problems. The telephone survey was conducted in the spring of 2019. The information obtained from the survey will be used to update Greenville County’s Comprehensive Plan.