Research

Good research leads to good decisions.

It’s really that simple.

Understanding what is happening right now is key to developing good policy and effective programs.

Wilberg Community Planning LLC has a proven record of substantive research in human services and community development. Janice Wilberg is a trained researcher with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods. She has coordinated community surveys at both the design and ground levels; and is an experienced and skilled interviewer and focus group facilitator. She has conducted extensive policy/participant/program analyses that have led policymakers to create major new policy and program initiatives.

What are the key elements of good research?

  • Good research is timely and focused.
  • A good researcher has technical skills, critical thinking ability, and a deep understanding of the practical constraints of the community research environment.
  • Good research talks the language of regular people; in other words, it’s meant to be used by real people making important decisions.
  • Collaboration and dialogue create better research products. Ivory tower research doesn’t work in today’s environment.

Examples of recent research products include:

  • Milwaukee Homeless Point in Time Research Report 2011 (forthcoming)
  • 2009 Milwaukee Youth Survey
  • Connections:  Strategies for Better Outcomes for Girls in the Juvenile Justice System
  • Sheboygan Neighborhood Revitalization Survey
  • Analysis of Best Practices in Health Care for the Indigent

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