Assessments, Reports and Surveys
Between mid-August and early November, 2016, sociology student Alicia Carter assisted Dr. Tim Knapp with data organization, statistical analysis, and report writing for the 2016 High-risk and Homeless Youth Survey. Ms. Carter earned course credit for SOC 599 (Sociological Research), gained valuable hands-on experience of conducting survey research, co-authored the report, and participated in a news conference where she presented key findings to print, radio, and television journalists. Ms. Carter summarized her experiences this way: “Working on the project was a great learning experience. I was able to earn course credit while gaining insights into the methods that are used in applied research. Being a research assistant has helped me to grow academically and as an individual.”
Here is a summary of the press release on the topic: http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Local-group-fights-youth-homelessness-reviews-recent-study-results-399578191.html
Missouri State sociologists conducted a survey on social capital and civic engagement in Springfield/Greene County, MO. In the survey, questions were asked regarding how connected the residents of Greene County are to their family, friends, neighbors and civic institutions. This reports details the results of the survey.
Social Capital and Civic Participation in the Ozarks: Summary of Findings from the Ozarks Regional Social Capital Survey.
Social capital exists when members of a community have networks of trusting mutual relationships with others. Networks like these are valuable because they provide people and communities with access to a variety of resources, including information, economic opportunity, better education, public safety, public health and citizen participation in community affairs. This report is a follow-up to a 2008 study.
Missouri Civic Health Assessment
The 2010 Missouri Civic Health Assessment was produced in the Sociology Program with support from the University’s president, provost and dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs. Data used in this report were gathered by researchers with the National Conference on Citizenship, which also provided editorial and publishing support.