Current and Recent CSR Projects

Pennsylvania Game Commission Focus Groups 
The Center for Survey Research is currently conducting a series of focus groups and in-depth interviews throughout the Commonwealth with various sub-populations for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The groups focus on hunters' experiences and preferences. 

Attitudinal Survey of Rural Pennsylvanians
The Center for Survey Research is currently conducting a survey with approximately 2,000 Pennsylvanians (rural and urban) for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.  This survey will identify current views and trends as compared to data collected in the 2008 survey administration.  The data will provide policymakers with information needed to understand the current perspectives and key concerns of rural Pennsylvanians and how these have changed over the past decade.
 
Formation of Stereotypes about Formerly Incarcerated Persons - Focus groups
The Center for Survey Research is assisting Dr. Candalyn Rade from the Penn State Harrisburg School of Behavioral Sciences and Education with a series of focus groups related to her project entitled, "Formation of Stereotypes about Formerly Incarcerated Persons: An Integrated Model of Implicit Person Theory and Stereotype Content Model."   

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) 2020-2024
The Center for Survey Research is providing data collection and analysis assistance to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as they prepare their Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.  Data will be collected through the Center's Lion Poll, a web survey of outdoor recreation providers, focus groups of Black/African American and Hispanic adult Pennsylvanians, and a public web survey of Pennsylvania residents.  The data will be used to inform the department's Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan 2020-2024.

2020 State Forest Action Plan
The Center for Survey Research is collecting survey data through the Lion Poll and conducting focus groups for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Bureau of Forestry.  The data will inform the 2020 State Forest Action Plan.

TRIP Program Focus Groups 
The Center for Survey Research conducted a research study of Pennsylvania Turnpike users to explore their views of the roadway and to gather information about how motorists receive travel information. Six focus groups were held across Pennsylvania in spring 2018. 

Pennsylvania Turnpike Customer Satisfaction Survey
The Center for Survey Research conducted a web survey of Pennsylvania Turnpike users. The study gathered information about roadway use as well as opinions of those who have used the Pennsylvania Turnpike within the last year.

Cashless Conversion Study 
The Center for Survey Research conducted a brief web survey of Pennsylvania Turnpike users.  The study gathered knowledge and opinions of those who have used the Pennsylvania Turnpike within the last year on the topic of cashless tolling options.  

Municipal Managers Survey
The Center for Survey Research conducted a mail/web survey that explored the characteristics, budget, and priorities of Pennsylvania municipalities that have populations of at least 2,500 people since these are municipalities that typically consider bringing on a municipal manager.  The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs produced this report: Pennsylvania Municipal Management Priorities Survey: Report of Findings

Police Legitimacy - Results as part of the Penn State Poll
Penn State Harrisburg faculty member, Dr. Jennifer Gibbs sponsored several questions on police legitimacy as part of the 2015 omnibus poll conducted by the Center for Survey Research. Her research brief can be downloaded here: https://pasdc.hbg.psu.edu/sdc/pasdc_files/researchbriefs/PoliceLegitimacy_RB_2016.pdf

Pennsylvania 2016 Pre-Election Poll on Policy and Governance
The Center for Survey Research collected data as part of the Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affair’s Pennsylvania 2016 Pre-Election Poll on Policy and Governance.  This telephone survey gathered data from 660 randomly selected adult Pennsylvanians on a variety of topics, including: criminal justice, homeland security, health administration, public policy and administration.  This Poll was developed by faculty within the School and in partnership with Penn State Justice and Safety Institute.  Reports related to this work can be found here: https://harrisburg.psu.edu/public-affairs/research    

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) Visitor and Marketing Project
The Center for Survey Research, in collaboration with Penn State Harrisburg faculty member Dr. Stephanie Morrow, conducted a variety of surveys and focus groups to study visitors to PHMC sites and non-visitors.  The data collected from PHMC sites across the Commonwealth will be used to develop site-specific marketing plans.  

United Way of Lebanon County Community Needs Assessment
The research team utilized focus groups, surveys, secondary data collection and analysis, and a community forum to explore the demographic make-up, unmet needs, utilization of services, and barriers to receiving services for those living in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.  View the assessment report here: 2017 Community Needs Assessment.  

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Unemployed Survey
The Center for Survey Research conducted a survey of unemployed individuals in Pennsylvania. The goal of the study was to ensure that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry understood unemployed workers so that they could help them take the steps necessary to transition their existing skill sets into skills in demand. The final report can be downloaded here: http://www.workstats.dli.pa.gov/Documents/SurveyPAUCRecipients.pdf


Work Experiences and Health-Related Outcomes Web Survey
The Center for Survey Research conducted a web survey on behalf of Erin Fink-Miller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg.  The purpose of the web survey was to explore factors contributing to suicidality in licensed Pennsylvania physicians. Dr. Fink-Miller recently published an article on her findings from this study in the Psychiatry Research Journal. Her study was the first to asses the potential impact of work experiences unique to physicians (e.g. placing sutures, withdrawing life support) on suicidality.  Click to read Dr. Fink-Miller's published article.

Patient Portal Web Survey
On behalf of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center & Health System, CSR conducted a web survey to learn more about the experiences of users of the My Penn State Hershey Patient Portal. The web survey gathered information on use of the portal, level of satisfaction with the portal and its features, technical support, and suggestions for improvement. 

Pennsylvania Veterans Needs Assessment

The Center for Survey Research is part of a research team at Penn State Harrisburg that is conducting a Needs Assessment of Pennsylvania's Veterans sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (Office of the Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs).  The goal of this comprehensive needs assessment is to gather detailed information on veterans and services offered to veterans so the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs can be more responsive to the needs of all Pennsylvania veterans.The following data collection efforts are part of this needs assessment: community-wide telephone (and web) suvey of Pennsylvania veterans, in-depth focus groups of specific veteran groups, targeted personal interviews with key veterans' services organization members and leaders, and an administrative web survey of Veteran Service Organizations. The final report can be found here: http://www.milvet.state.pa.us/DMVA/Docs_DMVA/veterans_needs_assessment.pdf.


Pennsylvania Crime Victims Needs Assessment

A research team at Penn State Harrisburg conducted a Needs Assessment on Pennsylvania’s Victim Community that gathered detailed information about crime victims and victim services. The Center for Survey Research (CSR) worked with Dr. Chiara Sabina, Principal Investigator, to conduct a literature review to explore topics including: crime victim profile, history of victim services, unmet needs, victim service provision, best practices in victim services, and under-served populations.  CSR also conducted 7 focus groups with specific victim populations around the Commonwealth.  A statewide telephone survey of crime victims was also conducted by CSR, and an open-access web survey option allowed more crime victims to participate in this data collection effort.  In order to gather information from victim service organizations (VSO), an administrative web survey was conducted of VSOs in Pennsylvania.  Finally, CSR conducted targeted personal interviews with key victim service organization members and leaders. Demographic, socio-economic and crime trend data was analyzed by the Pennsylvania State Data Center.  Sponsorship was provided by the Office of Victims’ Services of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  The primary goal of this one-year initiative was to develop a comprehensive understanding of unmet needs and service gaps through the perspectives of both service providers and victims. The aim was to learn about unmet needs, existing services and community assets, service gaps, under-served crime victim populations, and identify best practices. The final report can be found here: http://www.pccd.pa.gov/Victim-Services/Pages/2013-Victim-Needs-Assessment.aspx#.VZvkc_lVhBf.