The Center for Social Research (CSR) at North Dakota State University (NDSU) is an applied social science research unit dedicated to providing a venue through which a wide variety of research activities are facilitated. The CSR includes four full-time staff and several graduate researchers previously under the leadership of a Director. The research team has garnered funding through a number of sources, including foundations, nonprofit organizations, and local, state, and federal entities, to address a broad array of topics, from early childhood and aging to housing and public health. The team has strengths in survey research, program evaluation, needs assessments, and social indicator projects such as North Dakota KIDS COUNT and North Dakota Compass. The team works synergistically and is dedicated to high quality research and reports.
The Center was previously under the direction of Dr. Richard Rathge who worked together with the full-time staff for nearly a quarter-century, including a period in which they served as the North Dakota State Data Center before transitioning research activities to the CSR in January 2012. Following Dr. Rathge's retirement in August 2013, Dr. Verlin Hinsz served as Interim Director through May 2014. Dr. Rick Axelson began as director of the Center in June 2014.
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