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DGSS Division of Governmental Studies and Services

Applied Research

DGSS conducts sophisticated applied research to address problems within the region and improve lives, policies, and communities. Basic research is designed to generate new knowledge; whereas, applied research is designed to solve particular problems. Applied research studies can be used to address problems and improve life for individuals both in the workplace and the communities they live in. DGSS works with our clients to design applied research that meets their needs, enhances knowledge, and can provide potential solutions to address key problems.

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Technical Assistance

For more than 50 years, public and private organizations have relied on DGSS for technical assistance, such as analysis of organizational data, collection and analysis of new data, and organizational assessments. Utilizing various methods, DGSS provides meaningful and insightful assistance to organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Faculty, staff, and graduate students associated with DGSS have presented numerous workshops to governmental organizations. These organizations include academic, tribal, political, and law enforcement agencies from across the state. Working with these organizations exposes students to the diversity of policies and programs existing within government  and provides them with skill-building opportunities, professional networking, and ideas for the future.

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WSU Washington State University College of Arts and Sciences  WSU Extension