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Stetson Institute for Social Research


The Stetson Institute for Social Research (SISR) was founded in January 1993 as an educational, research, consultation, and evaluation resource for Stetson University students, faculty, and administrators, and for the surrounding community.


SISR's main roles are to:

  • Provide professional consultation, research and evaluation services;
  • Design, implement and manage basic and applied research (e.g., polls);
  • Act as a clearinghouse for research and consulting opportunities for Stetson faculty and students; and
  • Serve as a liaison between those seeking research services and SISR faculty affiliates and student researchers.

Guiding Principles

  • Professional integrity
  • Sound methodological principles
  • Service to the community

Faculty, staff and students are well-trained in the ethics of social research and follow the guidelines established by professional social science associations, using research methods and procedures that produce valid and reliable results and that follow the principles of scientific inquiry.

Research, Consultation, and Evaluation

SISR's goal is to produce reliable and valid research findings about social issues. SISR's staff is available to consult and assist in the following areas:

Grant Development

Assist in the development of one or more sections of a grant application, including those dealing with the various facets listed below.

Study Design

Consider alternative research designs; define study populations; and identify appropriate sampling frames and procedures, data collection methods, and data analysis techniques.


Advise on sampling designs, including defining study populations; specifying appropriate sample sizes; identifying appropriate sampling procedures, sources of telephone and face-to-face sampling frames, and sampling strategies; and providing estimates of sampling variability.

Instrument Development and Testing

Construct questions to facilitate and motivate responses and the recording of responses; and pretest the instrument.

Data Collection

Advise on appropriate methods of data collection (e.g., mailed questionnaire, telephone interview, focus group) and timing of data collection (e.g., one-time cross-sectional, longitudinal); and collect data via mailed surveys, face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews, systematic observation, focus groups, experiment, ect.


Select, train, and supervise interviewers; prepare interviewer and field supervisor instructions; conduct interviews and focus groups; and verify interviews.

Data Analysis

Determine the bases for hypotheses confirmation or rejection; code data for analysis; define a completed survey; enter data into electronic files and clean the data; and reduce data via descriptive and inferential statistics.

Project Management

Describe the study design and methodology, including the study population, sampling procedures, response rate, and sample bias; instrument development; data collection and analysis; findings; and research instruments and codebooks.


SISR is committed to enhancing undergraduate and graduate students' education by guiding them in meaningful research and instilling in them a strong sense of the social value of quality research. Hence, SISR prepares students to:

  • Be knowledgeable research users, evaluators and participants;
  • Anticipate the uses of social research in their careers in public service, education and the private sector; and
  • Interact appropriately with research professionals and their clients.

Past and Former Clients

We have conducted research for a plethora of organizations and business in the community. Such clients include: the City of DeLand, The House Next Door, Volusia County Public Library, Votran and WCEU-TV.

Working Arrangements

Clients are encouraged to use SISR's expertise as early as possible in the research process. Call the director for more information.

The SISR staff will be happy to meet with potential clients to discuss proposed research projects and to respond to formal requests for proposals. The staff will then determine the feasibility of Stetson working with clients, given the availability of faculty research affiliates and other staff, the timing of he project, and other resources. Project schedules, budget, and staffing will be determined and agreed upon by SISR and the client before the project begins.

Once the project is completed, clients are expected to acknowledge SISR in reports, publications, and other forms of communication.

SISR Staff

Diane Everett, PhD, Co-Director
Davis Hall room 221
421 N. Woodland Blvd, Unit 8376, DeLand, FL 32723
Phone: 386-822-7244
Fax: 386-822-7245

A more exhaustive list of our clients and a detailed list of our associates can be found in our SISR pamphlet.