The SSRC serves a variety of tax-supported and nonprofit agencies and organizations. Our clients include researchers from a variety of public and private universities and colleges, federal and state agencies, counties and municipalities and community-based and faith-based organizations. We have recently completed work for:
Harder and Company Community Research
The SSRC has collaborated with Harder and Company on multiple projects including:
- A member survey for CalOptima's Member Health Needs Assessment (MHNA) in 2017. This survey included telephone, online, and mail components and was ultimately completed by more than 5,000 members. The SSRC was responsible for administration of the telephone and online components and data entry of the mail surveys. Surveys were conducted in seven languages, including Arabic, Farsi, English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.
- A telephone survey of 256 business owner who borrowed loans through the microfinance programs Accion or Opportunity Fund. Accion is the largest non-profit lending network in the US, helping small business owners get small loans when they otherwise might not have been able to. This data was used by Harder+Co to evaluate the impact of this program in communities.
- A mail survey with households from 25 BRIDGE Housing Corporation (BHC) properties across the State of California. The mission of BHC is to strengthen communities by developing, owning and managing high-quality, affordable homes for working families and seniors. The SSRC collected over 600 mail surveys for this project.
- Allison of Harder and Co said of the work the SSRC has done: "SSRC staff are very thoughtful and responsive. We appreciate the care they take in reviewing and testing tools before they are fully deployed. We also recently involved Laura Gil-Trejo in an interview to obtain new work and her technical insight and thoughtful approach contributed greatly to us winning the work to further extend our partnership. They are a wonderful partner in data collection and are technically very strong. Staff are very responsive and work diligently to provide high quality data within project timelines."
Sonoma County Junior College District
- SSRC has administered the phone component of the Career Technical Education Outcomes Survey (CTEOS) of California Community College students for three years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017), gradually increasing the number of surveys collected by this mode to over 25,000 last year. The CTEOS includes all 113 California Community Colleges and helps to provide information on employment outcomes for students who have participated in career technical education (CTE) programs at California community colleges. The SSRC will be conducting the phone component of this survey again this year.
Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative
- The Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative consists of a group of organizations tasks with ensuring the utmost protection of children's mental health and includes: the Orange County Department of Education, Children's Hospital of Orange County, the Children's Home Society of California, and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. This group wished to assess the gap between existing levels of care available to young children exhibiting early signs of mental illness and the level of care actually needed. To aid in this effort, the SSRC completed 715 telephone surveys with heads of childcare centers in OC.
- One member of the ECMHC had the following to say about the SSRC: "Laura's ability to conduct data analysis is wonderful, but she also customizes the work of the SSRC based on the true needs of the client. She has great input regarding what might be meaningful for us to consider, and is able to help us make decisions towards wise use of time and resources."
California Air Resources Board
- In 2015, the SSRC completed a survey of 1,200 businesses that used equipment with Large Spark Ignition (LSI) equipment, such as forklifts, industrial tow tractors, and industrial sweeper/scrubbers. The purpose of the study was to estimate the number of pieces of equipment used by businesses around the state and quantify the emissions coming from such equipment. The results of this study will be used to help support potential future air pollutant emission-reduction programs.
- The SSRC is now engaged in a separate effort on behalf of CARB, working to quantify the pieces of Small Off-Road Engine (SORE) equipment, which includes lawn and garden equipment as well as other types. This effort includes four phases of telephone surveys including a survey of households, one of businesses that might have landscaped areas, another of vendors that provide lawn care services, and a final survey of those involved in a SORE exchange program. SORE equipment are a major, but little known, source of air pollution that, unlike emissions from vehicles are not expected to decline substantially in the near future.
Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek
- Our center completed a multi-mode survey of residents in a low socioeconomic status neighborhood in the City of San Diego. This study inquired about 386 residents' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors toward energy and water conservation in the home. Ultimately, completing this number of surveys with this hard-to-reach population required the survey be adminstered by telephone, online, by mail, and in person.
- The larger effort by Groundworks San Diego-Chollas Creek hopes to transform this neighborhood into a low energy use, sustainable community.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
- The SSRC conducted a survey of 385 CSU Dominguez Hills service area residents regarding their opinions on issues such as immigration, use of foreign languages in the classroom, and LGTQ issues. The CSUDH service area is socioeconomically and ethnically diverse, spanning from the affluent neighborhoods of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to working class areas such as Wilmington and Carson.
San Jose State University Research Foundation
- Our center has conducted the annual survey of public opinion on transit and taxation funded by the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) for four consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). The mission of MTI is to increase mobility for all by improving the safety, efficiency, accessibility, and convenience of our nation's transportation system. The SSRC will be conducting this survey again in 2018.
US Army Corp of Engineers
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Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles
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