Vision: New U's Center for Public Service and Research (CPSR) will be internally and regionally recognized for high-quality social science research, evaluation and service.
Mission: The mission of the Center for Public Service and Research is to provide data analysis, applied research, consultation, evaluation, training and technical assistance to support and assist GHSU and other public and non-profit institutions to improve service delivery, access and care.
- Work with other centers of the NewU to provide data analysis for application to improve health care delivery and service;
- Provide research and analysis of secondary data provided by area hospitals for application and service improvement;
- Provide an excellent interdisciplinary climate for theory development and research
- To foster groups that will be widely recognized as the intellectual leaders in a given area.
- To encourage trans-disciplinary research by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas across disciplinary boundaries;
- To enhance the research efforts of individual faculty members by providing services, support, and opportunity;
- To enhance the ability of both emerging and eminent scholars to further their careers and to obtain extramural funding;
- To facilitate the development of young scholars and introduce them to grant proposal writing;
- To enhance the recognition of the social sciences across the NewU;
- To build and expand the infrastructure supporting social science research at the NewU in order to remove obstacles and facilitate turning ideas into funded research;
- Stimulating, supporting, and sustaining innovation and infrastructure in the social sciences.
- Obtain ongoing external funding to initiate a Dr. Ralph Walker Graduate Assistantship. (The goal is to have it in place by Fall 2013). (Dr. Walker established the Research Center over 30 years ago.)
Short Term Goals
- Continue current external projects: Columbia County Community Connections and PSN, grant search and acquisition for area non-profits.
- Continue current internal projects: SRSP Evaluation, VUB proposal evaluation, RWJF proposal evaluation, other grant related support.
- Contact area non-profits to explain services of the Center.
- Coordinate project with Center for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (CPFCC) at GHSU
- Secure the data, data management and preparation
- Identify a work-group to affiliate with the Center to develop projects.
- Develop objectives, timeline, research project ideas for undergraduates.
- Develop proposal for external funding (The CommonWealth Fund)
- Coordinate other workgroups for collaborative research.
- Continue to champion the Non-Profit Management minor.
- Manage one graduate assistant.
- Develop a faculty affiliation program to encourage collaborative research and evaluation throughout the NewU.
- Develop a pool of qualified social science researchers, through the affiliation program, from such disciplines as criminal justice, history, sociology, health policy, political science, economics, marketing, non-profit management, public administration, statistics, and other areas of applied research.
- Develop a grant-writing affiliation program; providing student grant writers to area agencies for a small fee. Students gain experience while agencies gain a competitive proposal.
- Develop a grant writer's workshop for area non-profits, which can pay a small fee to attend.
- Support community grant-writing efforts by providing cost-effective program evaluation services upon funding.