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Center for Social Research

Strengthening Communities Through Research


The University of Hartford Center for Social Research (CSR) was founded in 1975. Beginning in 1993, under the former director Timothy Black, PhD, the CSR began focusing on research and evaluation of human service program development. Since then, the CSR has grown in recognition for its interdisciplinary research expertise informing social policy aimed toward improving social disparities.

Primarily, the CSR team aims to inform policy by understanding the population receiving program services through means of ethnographies, including interviews and focus groups, and use of quantitative outcome measures. The CSR team promotes program evaluation as a public process and encourages open dialogue with advocates, board members, and program staff of its research projects.

Services at the Center for Social Research:

  • Program research, evaluation, and development
  • Randomized control studies
  • Interview and focus group studies
  • Ethnographic field research
  • Participatory and community action research
  • Survey design, implementation, and analysis