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Applied Social Research Laboratory

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Past Projects

City of Kingsport Tennessee.
In 2017 Kingsport, TN will be celebrating their Centiennal. In advance of this important event, ASRL conducted surveys with Kingsport residents, as well as residents from around the Tri-Cities region to learn what they want from the downtown area, their ideas and perceptions of Kingsport, and the future direction of the community. ASRL partnered with Dr. Stephen Marshall and the Department of Mass Communication to provide Kingsport with a comprehensive plan.

United Way of Greater Kingsport.
In the fall of 2016, ASRL collected data with residents of Kingsport, TN to determine the needs of their community. This information will be used by UWGK to best allocate their resources in ways that will impact all members of the Kingsport community.

The United Way of Bristol Community Needs Assessment
Under the supervision of Dr. Foster, two Masters of Sociology students at ETSU, Morgan Jones and Reagan Barbee, worked with the United Way of Bristol to conduct their comprehensive community needs assessment. In the fall of 2013, Ms. Jones and Ms. Barbee conducted focus groups to determine areas of concern among various community groups, and Dr. Foster lead a community town hall to receive input from the community and make them aware of the upcoming needs assessment. The general population and business owner surveys were fielded in Spring 2014, and results released in the fall of 2014.

Johnson City Police Department Targeted Community Crime Reduction Program Grant
In the fall of 2012, Drs. McCallister and Foster were contracted to conduct a preliminary community needs assessment of certain areas of Johnson City, TN. The results of this assessment were used by the Johnson City Police Department to prepare a grant application with the Office of Criminal Justice Programs. In February of 2013, JCPD was awarded the Targeted Community Crime Reduction Program grant which officially kicked off in April of 2013. ASRL was chosen as the evaluators for this 3-year community grant. This project is a comprehensive evaluation which includes in-person interviews, surveys, phone calls, web surveying, focus groups, as well as qualitative documentation of change in the target areas by photographs

Jonesborough Community Chest Community Needs Assessment
Jonesborough is a small town that sits just outside of the City of Johnson City Limits. Because of this, the residents in the county are either ineligible for services or have to drive a long way to get them. Because of this, the Jones - borough Community Chest was formed. Their goal is to help county residents who need it. The JCC hired the ASRL to conduct a community needs assessment so that the JCC would be better informed of the community’s real time needs, as well as where they would like to spend their money. Focus groups of residents and organizations were used to create a survey that went out to residents in order to see what needs are met and unmet in their community. Ms. Jones oversaw all data collection, data - base management, and data analysis for this project. A full report was submitted to the JCC at the end of the project.

Roan Mountain Public Sanitary Sewer Project
Currently, there is not an active sewer system in the Roan Mountain area. In order to bring businesses to the area, a community organization put together a proposal to install a new sewer system. The ASRL worked in conjunction with Carter County Tomorrow to determine the support or op - position among residents for a public sanitary sewer sys - tem in the Roan Mountain Community. In the fall of 2014 the ASRL sent out a survey to all residents and property and business owners in the Roan Mountain area to gauge their opinions about a sewer system. A town hall meeting of residents was also conducted to promote awareness of the survey and the proposal for the sewer system. Survey results were then presented in a report to the Mayor.

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