At the Center for Social Research (CSR), we aim to be valued learning partners for all who seek wisdom-driven social research and development. While seeking to exemplify technical and methodological excellence, we strive to be welcoming, inclusive, diverse, anti-racist, and affirming. Our partners thrive and our best work is done when we embody these values.
We conduct social-scientific research projects, taking data from collection to reporting, through focus groups, statistical analyses, program evaluations, maps, interactive data visualizations, surveys and more.
The Center conducts and collaborates on several large research projects and several dozen smaller projects annually for academic, public-sector, nonprofit, religious, and business organizations.
NEW! Business Services from CSR, described in our latest team identity flyer (four-page PDF).
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Study shows your media habits are linked to your voter participation
Professor Jesse Holcomb and two recent Calvin University alums published a report that explores non-voters' news diets and the role that the media plays in their decision of whether or not to cast a ballot.
News & Stories, September 9, 2020
When meetings become risky business
A data expert at Calvin University's Center for Social Research has created a COVID-19 visual meeting risk calculator that projects how risky one’s social behavior can be based on the estimated infection rate of the region one lives and works in.
News & Stories, March 23, 2020
Promoting a healthy community with the Kent County Community Food Survey
In early 2018, Kids Food Basket, Access of West Michigan, and the Kent County Essential Needs Task Force Food and Nutrition Coalition sought to better understand the food systems in our community.
Article, November 07, 2019
The Michigan Truth Tour stops at Calvin College
On Tuesday, April 17, Calvin College hosts a guided town hall meeting as part of The Michigan Truth Tour.
News & Stories, April 10, 2018
Calvin classroom pilots cutting-edge Google technology
In collaboration with Google, the Michigan Colleges Alliance is piloting the Google Course Share Collaboration, a new approach that aims to expand course options at smaller private colleges.
News & Stories, February 8, 2018
Gaining a deeper understanding of congregations in greater Grand Rapids
This year, the Center for Social Research launched a major field interviewing project, the "Greater Grand Rapids Survey of Congregations."
News & Stories, July 27, 2017
Researching through Mechanical Turk
Calvin sociology and psychology professors are using Amazon's online service to get large survey results.
News & Stories, March 19, 2013
Hitting the streets
When six students from Calvin’s Center for Social Research (CSR) hit the streets of Kent County, they’re mistaken for everything from tax collectors to door-to-door salespeople.
News & Stories, July 17, 2009
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