Department of Social Sciences - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

SSRC



Projects

CURRENT RESEARCH

Tobacco Prevention

Control Coalition Evaluation

COMPLETED RESEARCH

Bold Future for the Coastal Bend

Corpus Christi Commission for Children and Youth Data Collection Project

United Way Data Mapping Project

Regional Health Needs Survey

City of Corpus Christi, Citizen's Survey

Regional Workforce Data Collection

TxDOT Port Aransas Ferry Survey

Weed and Seed Evaluation

Youth Opportunities United Data Collection and Analysis

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Family Life Center

Youth Continuum of Care Coalition, Project Towards No Drugs State Incentive Grant Regional Evaluation

Youth Opportunities United (Y.O.U.) Social Network Mapping

WORKSHOPS and PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Certified Public Manager Program (CPM)

COMMUNITY INTERVENTION and OUTREACH

Nueces County Safe Communities Driver Safety Public Education Campaign


City of Corpus Christi, Citizen's Survey

Each of the past three years the Social Science Research Center has conducted the annual Citizen's Survey for the City of Corpus Christi. The purpose of this survey is to allow citizens of Corpus Christi the opportunity to confidentially report their attitudes toward city services in 40 service and quality of life issues ranging from police and fire protection to keeping citizens informed about matters which affect them. Additionally, this survey provides guidance for future policy issues by informing decision makers of budgetary preferences under conditions of munificence and paucity. Together with other data gathered during the survey feedback on performance can be assessed by several dimensions. In keeping with previous surveys frequency distributions are reported on individual questions. Each response is also cross-tabulated with ethnicity, income and age. As a new dimension, this past year GIS plotting was utilized to graphically display results.

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Regional Workforce Data Collection

A Coastal Bend Regional data base is maintained by this project through a contract with Workforce 1. Data files, analytical reports, and sets of graphics on slides are produced for each of the 12 counties of the Coastal Bend Region and the Region itself. Comparative state data are provided. Data are provided on demographics, education, employment, income, workforce, crime, heath, child abuse, transportation, mental illness, and other indicators. The project supports strategic planning and program development concerning workforce development issues in the region. Data files, slides, reports and presentations are available.

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TxDOT Port Aransas Ferry Survey

Through a contract with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the SSRC did a survey and analysis of the attitudes and preferences of travelers utilizing the Port Aransas Ferry system. Working on-site researchers collected data from travelers while on the ferry system. TxDOT utilized the survey for future traffic planning for the Coastal Bend area and a similar ferry system in the Galveston area.

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Weed and Seed Evaluation

A research based evaluation of the Corpus Christi Weed and Seed Project is using secondary data and citizen surveys to test accomplishment of Project goals. Each Weed and Seed Goal will be examined using data from census tracts and zip code areas included in the Weed and Seed areas I and II. A total of 400 residents of the Weed and Seed neighborhoods will be surveyed through both telephone and door-to-door interviews. Comparisons will be made to the Weed and Seed evaluation conducted by the SSRC in 2000-2001.

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Youth Opportunities United Data Collection and Analysis

Since 1999, the SSRC has provided collection of data indicators for juvenile delinquency risk and protective factors within a comprehensive strategic planning effort in Nueces County. The project is supported by sub-contract with the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce through a grant from the Governor's Office, Criminal Justice Division. The SSRC continually updates data files on 200 indicators across a broad spectrum of issues and provides interpretive analysis of these in presentations, reports, professional papers, and fact sheets. Many data indicators are available for time spans of ten or more years. Issue specific data are provided with analysis for need statements to community groups through the YOU Grant Development Office. Data files, slides, reports, and presentations are available.

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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Family Life Center

Family Life Center is a mentoring based intervention to prevent violence and abusive behavior, academic failure, and the early onset of problem behaviors within a low-income, at-risk community. The TAMU-CC FLC is housed at Haas Middle School and annually serves 60 youth and their families through after-school and weekend activities and summer programs. The FLC is a project of Community Outreach funded by the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The SSRC provides assistance in the administration of pre- and post-tests, survey instruments, and assistance with analysis. 

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Youth Continuum of Care Coalition, Project Towards No Drugs State Incentive Grant Regional Evaluation

Since the awarding of the Texas State Incentive Grant to the Youth Continuum of Care Coalition (the Coalition) of the Coastal Bend, the Social Science Research Center has been contracted by the Coalition to perform the local evaluation of the drug prevention program "Project Towards No Drugs." The SSRC evaluation team also participates with the statewide evaluation team efforts in the assessment of community based drug prevention efforts.

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Youth Opportunities United (Y.O.U.) Social Network Mapping

Funded by a grant from the College of Arts and Humanities, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Dr. Jorgensen utilized the resources of the SSRC to map the social network of youth services organizations in Nueces County, Texas. The social network map is instrumental in determining key players in the development and provision of services to the youth of the county. 

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WORKSHOPS and PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Certified Public Manager Program (CPM)

Through a contract with the Texas State University's William P. Hobby Center for Public Service the SSRC delivers the Certified Public Manager Program (CPM). The CPM program is a nationally accredited comprehensive course of study specifically for managers in federal, state and local government. The program's primary goal is to improve the performance of public sector managers and the organizational performance of state, local and federal government. The curriculum uses theory as the foundation and applies it to practical problems facing the participants, their agencies/departments and citizens. Those who complete the program earn a national trademark designation of CPM (certified public manager).

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COMMUNITY INTERVENTION and OUTREACH

Nueces County Safe Communities Driver Safety Public Education Campaign

A driver education and information campaign that targets speeding, DWI, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and occupant protection use especially among Hispanic drivers in support of the Nueces County Safe Communities Plan. Project provides administrative support to the Nueces County Safe Communities Coalition. Project activities include creation and distribution of public information brochures and flyers, creation and delivery of safe driving presentations, and participation in health and safety fairs. The Project's research component is collecting surveys in conjunction with the Assessing Community Traffic Safety survey system in support of Coalition action planning.

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