Annual Report 2022

Bureau of Sociological Research

Annual Report 2022

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Director's Message

As our Nebraska community came through the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) was here to help. BOSR’s continuing dedication to collecting high quality information for researchers, policy makers, departments, and administrators was notable across the more than 100 projects BOSR worked on during 2021-2022. Internally, we gathered data for a variety of UNL stakeholders on what Nebraska faculty, staff, students, and alumni are thinking and doing these days with the goal of informing business processes and procedures or evaluating unit performance at the university. We also worked with researchers across the Nebraska System and with a number of state of Nebraska agencies to collect information on populations as wide-ranging as adults in households, farmers, students, physicians, and employees. These studies aimed to answer research questions, evaluate programs, and monitor ongoing health and wellbeing indicators across the state. Read the full Director's message.

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At A Glance

BOSR engaged in work on a wide number of new and ongoing projects this year across the University of Nebraska System and the state, with revenue $1,905,101 for the 2021-22 year. 

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Notable Projects

BOSR helps units across the university answer important questions about what Nebraska faculty, staff, students, and alumni are doing and thinking about all things Nebraska. Information from these data collections help departments, centers, and units at UNL gather information to improve processes, understand the current state of business, and help departments gather data for Academic Program Review.

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SHARP Surveillance System

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) coordinate the administration of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Youth Tobacco Survey and the Nebraska Risk and Protective Factor Student Survey. The Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Surveillance System is the umbrella group uniting these three surveys.

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Business Innovations

BOSR created a remote interviewing pool. Interviewers were able to call from their homes using provided cell phones and laptops, and data were collected on time and on budget for our state of Nebraska clients.

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Nebraska Translator and Interpreter Core

The Nebraska Translator and Interpreter Core (NETIC) program partners with University researchers, the City of Lincoln and other local organizations to provide critical language services.

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Continued Learning

BOSR regularly conducts experiments on modes of data collection and methods for recruiting people into web surveys, analyzes data related to interviewers, and does other methodological work to improve the quality of data for our clients and contribute to the science of surveys.

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