So you want to do a research study or program evaluation — particularly using a survey or questionnaire — and you don’t know where to start? While we have a lot of resources on this site, you may want to work with some outside help. Two resources we know of are through Hartford Seminary and the University of Northern Colorado:
The Hartford Institute for Religion Research’s Congregational Assessment Inventories. Over the past thirty years many hundreds of churches have used Hartford Institute’s congregational inventories to assist in their pastoral search and church planning efforts. Our three basic surveys and reporting forms are user-friendly and reflect the insights from the most recent up-to-date social science research on congregations. Recently we instituted an online version that also allows for some customization, is less expensive and has a more rapid turnaround time.
The Social Research Lab at University of Northern Colorado is a one stop shop for all your qualitative and quantitative research needs. We have experience and expertise in conducting and consulting on a variety of research projects at all stages of development. We can do everything from project design to data collection, analysis and report writing. The SRL exists to serve UNC and the surrounding community by utilizing highly trained faculty and undergraduate and graduate students to produce affordable, customized research solutions.