ERIC Number: ED209986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-20
Reference Count: 0
Public Service Research at University of California, Davis.
Dowling, Noreen G.; Stumbo, Diana
Problems relating to cooperative efforts between universities and government are considered, and an approach used in the Kellogg Public Service Research Program at the University of California, Davis, is described. This program facilitates collaborative research on policy issues and also information dissemination between the university and public agencies. Constraints on university-government collaboration include logistical problems, including the inability of staff to effectively align schedules, methods, and personal needs. Difficulties associated with cooperative efforts can result from organizational structures of colleges and agencies and barriers such as rapid turnover in government, timely responses to immediate needs, and funding questions. The Kellogg Public Service Research Program model involves: identification of an important issue or policy question; development of a work plan and time frame; and review of the project to assure that it meets scholarly standards and demonstrates the expected degree of collaborative contributions. The collaborative research projects are conducted by faculty and agency staff, with students serving as assistants to the faculty or as the primary link between the university and agency. Conferences, workshops, and symposia are appropriate vehicles for information dissemination and for exploring various sides of an issue, producing an action strategy, or teaching a skill. Additionally, commissioned papers make the issues known to the public as well as contribute to the institutions. The question of whether public policy research is a threat to academic autonomy and the appropriate directions for research are considered. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Faculty, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Government Employees, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Institutional Autonomy, Interprofessional Relationship, Models, Public Policy, Public Service, Research Problems, Research Projects, Researchers, Technical Assistance
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kellogg Public Service Research Program; University of California Davis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Guelph, Canada, August 20, 1981).