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DGSS Division of Governmental Studies and Services

Our Expertise

volunteer weekend 5For more than 50 years DGSS has conducted applied research, data analysis, and training to private and public organizations in the Pacific Northwest. We have worked with local, state, and federal organizations to examine the big issues facing our region and our nation.

Our areas of expertise include:

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Public Safety

DGSS has worked with law enforcement, fire service, and other public safety entities across the region to address key issues in public safety. We utilize our expertise in applied research and program evaluation to help public safety entities examine their effectiveness, enhance citizen engagement, evaluate impact of policies, improve services, and enhance organization training.

We have conducted numerous public safety studies in the following topics:

  • Biased Policing
  • Drug Recognition Expert Programs
  • Community Policing
  • Law Enforcement and Fire Service Training Evaluation
  • Smart Policing
  • Community Emergency Response Training
  • Forecast Modeling
  • Needs Assessments

Governance & Sustainability

A key part of our expertise involves working with local, state, and federal government entities to help evaluate policies and programs, efficiency, and aid in future planning. We provide a variety of technical assistance to public entities, including training, data collection, and analysis. We specialize in community engagement, community and economic development, facilitation, and planning support.

We have helped numerous organizations in the following areas:

  • Program Evaluation
  • Needs Assessment
  • Inter-agency Cooperation
  • Resource Management
  • Collaboration Opportunities and Collaborative Approaches
  • Facilitation and Planning Support
  • Voluntary Stewardship
  • Improving Efficiency
  • Capacity Building
  • Ethics Training

Digital Initiatives

The Program for Digital Initiatives (PDI) empowers individuals, businesses, communities, and other organizations by increasing technology awareness, access, and adoption. It allows digital technology to be applied in ways that result in greater participation in our growing knowledge-based society.

PDI focuses on business, community, and economic resilience, sustainability, and development initiatives which leverage digital technologies. We work in partnership with government agencies, NGOs, and the private sector to assist with promotion, assessment, policy development, program implementation, training, research, and evaluation.

For more than 25 years, we have helped organizations in the following areas:

  • Telework
  • Business Continuity/COOP
  • Broadband Planning
  • e-Commerce Training
  • Community Technology Opportunities

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