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.
Judicial Council of Georgia: Access and Fairness Survey
In the fall of 2014, the institute conducted a visitor satisfaction survey in county and municipal courthouses across the state of Georgia. The survey was administered on behalf of the Judicial Council of Georgia's Administrative Office of the Courts. Visitors to a courthouse were asked to complete a paper survey designed to assess whether they were able to attend to their needs in a timely and efficient manner, and for those appearing before a judicial officer, whether or not their cases were handled fairly. Over 3,800 surveys were collected from court house visitors during this project.
Marta: Expansion of Service
To assess the demand for mass-transit services in north Fulton County, MARTA contracted with the institute to conduct a telephone survey of residents of north Fulton County and an online survey of employees working within a one mile radius of the Georgia 400 corridor. The surveys addressed current usage of MARTA, levels of support for an expansion of the system to the county line, and potential utilization of an expanded MARTA system.
Evaluation of 21st Century Learning Centers (CCLC)
During 2015, the Institute collaborated with Dr. Corrie Theriault and Dr. Scott Ritchie to evaluate progress toward goals set by the Georgia Department of Education as part of its ongoing evaluation of multiple 21st Century Community Learning Center programs in various locations throughout Georgia. Locations and programs that were evaluated during 2015 include three programs in Douglas County, Impact Champs, Factory Transition, and Champs. Other evaluation projects include the Empowered Youth of Columbus program, the Camp Zion: Next Level Community Center Program in Macon, GA and the Moving in a “Pod”Sitive Direction Program at Marietta City Schools.
Researchers at Fort Valley State University sponsored a study to assess the potential of organic farming among Georgia's fruit and vegetable growers. To accomplish this purpose, the institute conducted a telephone survey of fruit and vegetable farmers to measure their familiarity with, and support for, organic farming and the impact of the growing demand for organic goods on farmers in Georgia.
Experience of Care: Manged Healthcare Study
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid sponsored a multi-state pilot project to test a new survey instrument that evaluates the experiences of participants receiving home healthcare services. The institute was contracted to implement the pilot project in Georgia. The institute conducted a mixed-mode methodology that included both CAPI (computer assisted personal interviews) and telephone interviews with care recipients across the state.
Cobb County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Needs Assessment
The Burruss Institute conducted an updated needs assessment project for the CDBG office of Cobb County. The project included focus groups, online surveys, and the collection of census data. GIS maps were created using variables associated with population characteristics, housing trends, and poverty to display data at the census tract level. In addition, organizations that received CDBG funding were surveyed about their needs in order to assess future allocations of resources to enhance service delivery.
DeKalb County: Waste Management Citizen Survey
DeKalb County's new waste collection pilot program was designed to consolidate services and increase efficiency. The new system of collecting waste reduced the number of weekly trash pickups and consolidated waste and recycling collection to the same day. The institute surveyed local residents who were included in the pilot program to provide feedback on the success of the program and offer suggestions for future improvements.