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Effective decision-making and planning are dependent upon valid and reliable information. Federal and state granting agencies require accurate survey/assessment data to authorize funding for projects vital to communities, cities, and counties of all sizes.
Businesses are increasingly looking at features such as housing quality, availability, and affordability for their workers when selecting new site locations. With up-to-date housing information, site selectors can accurately evaluate your community, city, and/or county as being acceptable for their labor force and, consequently, locate their operations in your area.
With correct and accurate housing information, public officials can correctly determine housing needs and trends, and can apply scarce public funds in an efficient and effective manner.
You can gather the following kinds of information when the Docking Institute conducts a housing assessment and survey of your community, city, and/or county:
The availability of affordable and high quality housing is vital to the existence and future development of communities, cities, and counties. If you are a decision-maker, planner, or analyst in a governmental or nonprofit entity, you can use Housing Study information to:
The Docking Institute works with you to develop a housing study that is tailored to meet your specific needs and concerns. Professional services provided by the Institute’s University Center for Survey Research (UCSR) include the development of a questionnaire/ research protocol, sampling, telephone or self-administered (mail) surveys, fieldwork, interviewing, analysis of data, report writing, report presentation, and a time frame allowing for the successful completion of the project.
Information gathered and analyzed by professional staff members can provide a valuable resource in you city planning and development efforts. We provide final reports in both text and electronic formats, and the Director of the Institute or our research scientists can make public presentations of our findings. This resource can be used to assist decision-makers that will affect your programs and operations.
A custom proposal and cost estimate is available upon request at no cost. Contact Gary Brinker of the University Center for Survey Research.
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