Message From the Director
The Institute for Social and Policy Research (ISPR) was created in 2006 to fill the need for an established interdisciplinary research entity at Purdue University Northwest. Through the use of social science and policy analysis methods, the ISPR has dedicated its efforts to finding solutions to educational, social, and health-related challenges facing the citizens of the Calumet region. The Institute combined existing Purdue University Northwest resources within one organizational structure, which resulted in increased impact through the utilization of shared knowledge and resources.
The ISPR fully utilizes the best ideas and resources available in order to produce quality research and effective programming that will best serve the needs of both the regional community and Purdue Northwest students. The ISPR actively seeks and proactively cultivates partnerships with faculty, staff, students, and community leaders as well as other extant Centers/Institutes to advance its mission.
State of the Art Research Techniques
Using state-of-the-art research techniques, including focus groups, telephone/mail surveys, interviews and customer response systems, ISPR obtains the information necessary to make efficient and effective decisions and plan for the future. The institute offers a full-range of research assistance and planning services, including strategic planning, and accountability and feasibility studies, and that are essential to succeed in today’s marketplace.
The Institute is comprised of a number of Centers of focused activity and specific, but time limited, research projects. The Centers represent existing assets within the Purdue University Northwest community or those presently under development.
These sub-entities are designed to support ongoing activities within the Institute and to generate new forms of activity and collaboration. Currently, four Centers are positioned to support the Institute:
- Center for Nonprofits and Civic Engagement
- Gerontology Center
- Social Science Methodology Center
- Survey Research Center
We are looking forward to engaging in initiatives with community partners on projects that will address social and policy needs of the northwest Indiana community. Please take an opportunity to explore our Centers and services here. And please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, suggestions, or ideas for partnerships.
Rebecca House Stankowski, Ph.D.