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Public Affairs Journal

The Public Affairs Journal features the results of major GRB research projects authored by faculty, students and others. 

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  1. Current Projects
  2. Prospective Projects
  3. Completed Projects


Current Projects

(in alphabetic order)

Evaluation of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Outreach Grant

The GRB will provide an external evaluation for the USD Department of Dental Hygiene over a three year period. The GRB will develop a satisfaction survey for the parents of school age children in the grant service area. Approximately 6000 surveys will be distributed and the GRB will conduct data analysis and prepare a written report at the end of the grant period.

FFY2014 Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan for South Dakota Department of Public Safety

The GRB will collect, collate, and combine existing data to:

  1. Assist the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) to determine if it has fulfilled its annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan.
  2. Craft a series of short- and long-range goals that build upon the findings from the annual performance assessment.
  3. Author a FFY2014 Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan for DPS.

FFY2014 Highway Safety Plan for South Dakota Department of Public Safety

The GRB will collect, collate, and combine existing data to:

  1. Assist the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) to determine if it has fulfilled its annual Highway Safety Plan.
  2. Craft a series of short- and long-range goals that build upon the findings from the annual performance assessment.
  3. Author a FFY2014 Highway Safety Plan (HSP) for SDDPS.

FFY2014 Highway Safety Survey for South Dakota Department of Public Safety

The GRB will conduct and analyze a survey of South Dakota's drivers to fulfill NHTSA data requirements and assist in the development of the FFY2014 Highway Safety Plan.

Motorcycle Rider Training Data Study

The RGB will develop and administer a survey of graduates for the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety Motorcycle Safety Program and analyze motorcycle crash data for a five year period (2008-2012). The primary objective of the study is to determine if there is a correlation between taking one of the motorcycle safety education courses and reduction of motorcycle crashes among that population

Sioux Falls School District Study

The GRB will conduct trend analysis of historical demographic factors in the Sioux Falls School District, evaluate and assess the long-term impact changes in demographic factors may have on services provide by the district. These services would include but not limited to: counseling, social work, student to teacher radios in the classroom, health and medical, transportation, language interpretation and at-risk programs.

 

Prospective Projects

(in alphabetic order)

City of Pierre Community Assessment

The GRB will conduct a community assessment survey for the Cities of Pierre and Ft. Pierre. The survey will examine citizens' perspectives about current trends and future plans for Pierre and Ft. Pierre and will solicit citizens' opinions about the best way forward for both cities. The City of Pierre and City of Ft. Pierre will receive final project reports highlighting all of the GRB's findings from this project along with oral briefing that will communicate the major findings from the project.

FFY2015 Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan for South Dakota Department of Public Safety

The GRB will collect, collate, and combine existing data to: 

  1. Assist the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) to determine if it has fulfilled its annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan. 
  2. Craft a series of short- and long-range goals that build upon the findings from the annual performance assessment.
  3. Author a FFY2015 Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan for DPS.

FFY2015 Highway Safety Plan for South Dakota Department of Public Safety

The GRB will collect, collate, and combine existing data to: 

  1. Assist the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) to determine if it has fulfilled its annual Highway Safety Plan.
  2. Craft a series of short- and long-range goals that build upon the findings from the annual performance assessment.
  3. Author a FFY2015 Highway Safety Plan (HSP) for SDDPS.

FFY2015 Highway Safety Survey for South Dakota Department of Public Safety

The GRB will conduct and analyze a survey of South Dakota's drivers to fulfill NHTSA data requirements and assist in the development of the FFY2015 Highway Safety Plan.

 

Completed Projects

(in alphabetic order)

Avera Health eConsult Program Evaluation

The purpose of the evaluation is to assess what extent the program objectives have been met and to what extent these achievements can be attributed to the implementation of the project. The evaluation will include both quantitative and qualitative metrics.

Lutheran Social Services Rural Mentoring Evaluation

The GRB is conducting an outcomes evaluation of a school-based mentoring program administered by Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota. The school-based mentoring program targets students in school districts in Minnehaha County and towns considered to be part of the Sioux Falls MSA, but not in Minnehaha County. The program evaluation is occurring over three years, provides annual deliverables, and offers Lutheran Social Services data that will help it to plan for both the formative elements of the grant program and for the possibility of creating a model program upon which to base subsequent rural mentoring and e-mentoring efforts.

Rapid City Senior Cooperative Master Plan Needs Assessment and Service Gap Analysis

The GRB along with project members from both (1) Sumption and Wyland and (2) Sage Project Consultants, are conducting a community needs assessment and service gaps analysis for the City of Rapid City. The focus of this project will be to identify the most pressing needs of Rapid City's senior community, both presently and for future members of this community.

University of South Dakota, National Institute of Health Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network Evaluation

The purpose of the evaluation is to assess how well the program develops human resources for undergraduate and graduate programs in the biomedical sciences and bioinformatics by helping to instill a culture of research and provide a pipeline for students interested in biomedical research at South Dakota's predominately undergraduate institutions and tribal colleges.