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DGSS Division of Governmental Studies and Services


For more than five decades, Washington State University’s Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS) has been a trusted partner and provider of applied research, training, and technical assistance.  DGSS serves as a link between the resources of WSU and the people and organizations of the Northwest to improve quality of life.

Our Work

DGSS pictureServing as a model for successful University engagement to address critical issues facing Washington and the Pacific Northwest, DGSS:

  • Provides data, processes, and expertise in support of strategic, operational decision-making, and policy initiatives
  • Leverages the resources of Washington’s land-grant research University
  • Mobilizes the enthusiasm, energy, and fresh perspective of WSU students
  • Advances the knowledge-base and enhances capacity of stakeholders
  • Offers impartial viewpoints, approaches, and services
  • Serves as a key partner and collaborator with stakeholders

We make a difference beyond our projects – we use our unique project experience to contribute to national dialogue – to address issues throughout the region.


Faculty and Student Engagement

volunteer weekend 1DGSS provides support for basic research and grant-related work for WSU faculty and graduate students. We have undergraduate internships available, and provide applied research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Our graduate and undergraduate students have participated in disaster relief and recovery efforts in Washington state, conducted research in biased policing, automobile theft prevention, environmental sustainability, and several other projects. The Division works closely with faculty and students across the University, particularly in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs; the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology; and the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications.

Jointly affiliated with
WSU Washington State University College of Arts and Sciences  WSU Extension