Departments

Center for Health & Education Studies

The Center for Health and Education Studies (CHES) conducts evaluations and needs assessments to inform programming, policy, and funding decisions, particularly concerning public health, substance abuse prevention, school/community collaborations, student outcomes, and higher education. The CHES helps public health agencies, non-profit groups, and university researchers in designing evaluation plans and in collecting, managing, analyzing, and presenting data. Services include statistical analysis, interpretation and application of findings, report writing and data visualization, mapping (GIS), and assistance with grant applications and grant management.

Center for Information Technology Services

The Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) at WYSAC specializes in developing Internet and Windows-based software solutions. Using cutting-edge technologies, the CITS creates quality software products tailored to the needs of clients in the public and private sectors. The center’s staff has extensive experience with IT project management, systems analysis and modeling, database programming, Microsoft .NET-based software development, and graphic design. The CITS also maintains a reliable and secure IT environment that supports all WYSAC operations. The IT infrastructure includes centralized storage and data backup, dedicated servers for files and database applications, optical recognition software linked to two high-capacity scanners, and a modern call center for computer-aided telephone interviewing.

Center for Criminal Justice Research

Through the Center for Criminal Justice Research (CJR), WYSAC is the state’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) established programmatically by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics and created by Executive Order of the Governor of Wyoming. There are 53 SACs in the U.S. and its territories. The purpose of CJR is to provide rigorous independent evaluation and analysis of criminal justice programs. Social science methods are objectivity employed to assist justice system agencies, law enforcement officials, and ultimately policymakers in evaluating programmatic effectiveness and developing practical solutions to costly problems.

Survey Research Center

The Survey Research Center (SRC) is the oldest of WYSAC’s subunits, with more than 30 years of survey experience. The SRC’s survey methodologists provide assistance to government agencies, private businesses, non-profit organizations, and the university community on research design, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation of statistical results. The SRC conducts needs assessments and public opinion polls in a wide range of areas. The SRC operates a fully equipped facility for computer-aided telephone interviewing and optical scanning of mail questionnaires. The SRC also has extensive experience and expertise in conducting focus groups, Internet surveys, and in-person interviews. Services range from writing questionnaires, scientific sampling, and pre-testing of survey instruments to survey administration, data entry, data analysis, and presentation of findings.