Academic research and community service!
As part of Calvin College, we are first and foremost an educational institution. Our top goal and chief specialization is helping our clients develop and advance their own social research skills, especially in large-scale quantitative data collection and analysis. While CSR's internal capacity to conduct research directly is growing, we'll always be most interested in active collaboration with our clients at Calvin and elsewhere. We benefit Calvin College and the community most by identifying, learning, and disseminating new modes of research and new logistical tools.
CSR's top priority is to maintain a high level of service to long-term, significant social research projects, particularly those led by Calvin faculty with an academic publishing agenda. A high but secondary priority is providing research, evaluation, and technical services to organizations in the broader West Michigan community, including non-profits, businesses, governments, churches, and other faith-based organizations. For both of these priorities, we seek to maximize our availability to help apply for grants and contracts to sustain such projects. Finally, we serve Calvin faculty, staff and students through smaller-scale consultation and support for social-research-related aspects of scholarly and administrative projects, with a focus on empowering and educating our partners.