The Social Research Institute (SRI) provides research, training, and implementation facilitation that assists agencies and programs to provide effective social services to children and adults. SRI strives to produce research that not only has high intellectual merit but also broad impacts. As characterized by the National Science Foundation, the latter criterion involves research that, among other things, benefits society by not only creating new knowledge but also provides dissemination of findings, promotes training, and broadens participation of underrepresented groups (See https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07046/nsf07046.jsp for more information on broader impacts).
Given this, the gold standard for SRI projects is research that leads to observable changes in routine practice and contributes generalized knowledge to the field. We are successful when the evaluations we conduct measurably improve outcomes in daily practice and leads to processes or structures that agencies can continue to use to improve outcomes.
Currently, SRI is funded by over $20 million in external funding from competitive grants and contracts at the local, state, and federal level.
The SRI team is comprised of research faculty, affiliated research staff, research assistants, and support staff.