Civic-minded friends, watch this space for news about our newest initiative, the Kent County Deliberative Poll®, inspired by and intended for local implementation in cooperation with James Fishkin and the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University.
Please extend a warm welcome to Project Coordinator Allison Rudi, who will be contacting a broad coalition of community partners and research organizations (including you) to advise, sponsor, conduct and benefit from this combined research and civic education project. This fall, we’ll be working on coalition-building, branding and design, fundraising, research design, project planning and budgeting, development of unbiased reading materials, recruitment of expert deliberative-democracy moderators, student involvement, and more.
Questions? Want to get in on the ground floor? Contact Allison by email or call CSR at 616 526-8934.
CSR is closing up another year of summer training for our staff and students. As with last year, these training sessions have been and will continue to be open to Calvin faculty, staff, and students, as well as some of our clients.
With a only a few sessions left, consider attending if any would be a good resource for you or your department. All training sessions will be from 1pm-4:30pm in North Hall 180.
Please click on any of the sessions you are interested in attending, and you will be taken to the corresponding Eventbrite page.
|Thursday 8/15||Tableau II|
|Thursday 8/22||Qualitative data collection|
Survey design is an integral part of our work here at the CSR. From the programs we evaluate to the research we conduct, the survey is still one of the leading measurement tools used for social research. While surveys have undergone serious electronic transformation with the introduction and increasing capabilities of various software programs, paper surveys are still in high demand from our clients.
Because of the high quantity of paper surveys that we design, the CSR is constantly looking for ways to improve them for our clients. One survey design trick that consistently benefits us is putting the entire survey into a (partially) invisible table.
March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.
As we near the end of summer, CSR must say goodbye to three of our employees as they say goodbye to Calvin College and embark onto exciting, unknown territories. Today we recognize Tom Sherwood, Zig Ingraffia, and Dan Molling, thanking them for their contributions to CSR and wishing them the best of luck in their new endeavors.
The CSR’s goal to revitalize our weblog to be current and more informative leads to a new type of post: a Project Overview post. There are several projects occurring simultaneously at CSR, so the idea behind project overviews is to give our readers a better understanding of the types of projects that we are involved in, while also thanking our clients for working with us.
Over the past 2 years, the DeVos Foundation has partnered with CSR to evaluate the effectiveness of programs that are integral to their Believe 2 Become initiative, some of which include their Baby Scholars program, Gatherings of Hope program, and Summer Learning Academy program. However, since the Summer Learning Academy programs have taken precedence for us during this time of year, it is opportune to coincide the beginnings of our project overviews with this academic initiative.