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.
City of Atlanta Tobacco Free Survey
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) contracted with the Burruss Institute to survey residents of Atlanta about tobacco use in public areas and at work. The institute collected 650 surveys from a random sample of almost 20,000 people via phone interviews between May and June of 2017. The study examined exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace and public spaces, as well as resident opinions on what public spaces should allow the use of tobacco products.
Fulton County Citizen Satisfaction Survey
In 2018, the Burruss Institute partnered with Fulton County's Office of Strategy and Performance Management to gather data on key performance indicators for the county's strategic plan. In April 2015, the commission developed a plan designed to focus on 6 key areas within the county: self-sufficiency, health, safety, economic, cultural, and recreational opportunities and trust in the county government. This project is a continued effort to gather data for those metrics. Topics explored in this survey included, quality-of-life, types of commercial and housing development residents would like to see in the county, and satisfaction with county services. Seven-hundred-fifty completed surveys were collected between February and March 2018. The Institute also conducted the survey Fulton County in the fall of 2016
City of Dunwoody 2018 Community Survey
The Burruss Institute conducted an online survey of residents on behalf of the City of Dunwoody to ascertain citizen’s opinions on a number of issues related to city management and services, quality of life in the city, and future planning priorities. The survey utilized a random sample of 6,000 residents who were mailed invitations to participate in the online survey. The invitations to participate in the survey included unique passwords so that each person could only complete one survey. A total of 516 completed surveys were collected and weighted based on age, gender, and education using 2016 Census data. At the conclusion of the survey, the Institute prepared a final report highlighting the findings from the study and comparing the results to previous surveys conducted in 2013 and 2015.
Georgia Science Teachers Association and Georgia Council for the Social Studies Survey
In Fall of 2017, the Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) and Georgia Council for Social Studies (GCSS) contracted with the Burruss Institute to conduct an online survey of Georgia science and social studies teachers. The survey was motivated by a desire to measure what effect, if any, the change in testing requirements for elementary and middle school students has had on the amount of time spent teaching science and social studies. GSTA and GCSS created the survey with input from the Burruss Institute.
Southeast Produce Farmers Survey
Dr. Liu of Fort Valley State University contracted with the Burruss Institute to survey produce farmers in the southeast. The survey area included Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and North Florida. The study gathered data related to the methods farmers utilize to cope with risk management and uncertainty. Respondents were also asked what marketing and financial tools they used, what risks had the biggest impact on their income, and what types of insurance they use. The survey was conducted via telephone and resulted in 721 completed responses.
Cobb County School District 21st Century Community Learning Center Evaluation
The Burruss Institute evaluated the Reach for the Stars 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program in Acworth, GA from 2016-2018. The program serves elementary school students in grades 3-8 from two elementary schools and one middle school. The Institute provided formative and summative evaluations based on the program’s goals. Site visits, school record data (attendance, grades, state assessment scores, disciplinary records) and youth/parent/teacher surveys were used to measure varied outcomes. Feedback was provided to program staff throughout the year, as well as recommendations for best practices and professional development.
The City of Johns Creek Community Survey
The City of John’s Creek contracted with the Burruss Institute to conduct a telephone survey of residents to determine whether the needs of citizens were met by the current level of programs and services provided by the city. The survey measured resident’s opinions of government efficacy, quality of life, and business opportunity issues. The Institute collected over 600 completed surveys from Johns Creek citizens from April and May of 2017 and produced a final report of the findings.