The Center for Social Research (CSR) conducts social-scientific research on behalf of Calvin faculty, the Christian Reformed Church, and a wide array of local, national, and international organizations. The CSR is closely tied to and governed by representatives of Calvin's academic social science departments, but also works with scholars from every discipline and leaders from organizations of all kinds who need to collect and analyze social data. The Center conducts several large research projects and several dozen smaller projects annually.
We exist to assist the Calvin community in studying the world of human interactions. We organize and serve grant- and contract-funded scholarly research projects, and we believe such work is best done alongside of applied, community-based projects.
The CSR employs and trains students and recent Calvin graduates to apply social science methods and up-to-date information technology to research projects, from conception to final publication or presentation. The CSR's skill set includes research design, data modeling and database design, surveys (online, by mail, and in-person), qualitative research (including interviewing, focus groups, audio and video transcription, and textual analysis), geographic information systems, data visualization, and publication design.