The A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research at Kennesaw State University hosts a Grant Development Workshop, “Proposal 1 for Nonprofits” at KSU Center on August 22-23, 2011. This intensive two-day workshop - facilitated by a professional grant writer and reviewer from the Grant Training Center - will help those who want to strengthen their grant writing skills and master the techniques of preparing, writing and winning proposals from various funding agencies.
The $450 workshop fee covers tuition, materials, a certificate of completion, and continental breakfast.
Please contact Carmen Hughes at the Burruss Institute via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at (770) 423-6464, for more information.
The 2008 “Planning for Zero Deaths Award” was given to KSU for a grant administered out of the A.L. Burruss Institute, awarded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) for a program entitled “DUI Education for Hispanics in Cobb and Cherokee Counties”. The prestigious award was given for outstanding diversity outreach and “education beyond borders,” and was the culmination of a five-year project that educated tens of thousands of Latinos in highway safety and DUI laws. In 2005, after the first year of the project, the GOHS awarded KSU the “Rookie of the Year Award”, with the statement that “this award is presented to a GOHS Grantee who recognizes an emerging problem where no program treatment existed and then responded significantly to make a difference in the level of traffic safety in the State of Georgia.” The A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service hosted and participated in the project, and the project director was Dr. Alan LeBaron. A copy of the report can be otained by clicking here. A PowerPoint presentation of the results may also be obtained by clicking here.
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs sponsors a program entitled Drugs Don’t Work at workplaces throughout the state of Georgia. The Council has contracted with The Burruss Institute to measure the outcomes of the program by comparison of attitudes, knowledge and behaviors of employees at private companies in Georgia which do or do not take part in the Drugs Don’t Work program.
The Burruss Institute has contracted with the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) in an effort to assist DHR assess the needs of the state regarding initiatives to reduce the prevalence of sexual violence. The findings of this project will be used to define rape prevention education (RPE) programs in the future for the state of Georgia. Findings will include information regarding geographic areas in which RPE is most needed, and target populations for RPE.
Supreme Court’s Committee on Civil Justice (CCJ) has contracted with the A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the civil legal needs of Georgia’s citizens. It has been thirteen years since the last such assessment. Since that time, the state’s low income population has increased but funding for legal aid programs has not seen a proportional increase. Revisions to laws and changes in the legal system have also increased the need for legal services. Accordingly, CCJ has determined that it is essential to obtain an updated Legal Needs Survey to assist in formulating a long-term strategic plan for the funding and successful delivery of legal services to Georgia’s low income citizens. The new Legal Needs Survey will assist CCJ in fulfilling its mission to develop, coordinate and support policy initiatives to expand access to, and enhance the quality of, Georgia’s civil justice system, assuring equal justice for all.
Specific goals of the Legal Needs Survey are to:
Identify and quantify met and unmet needs for civil legal services;
Obtain data to help guide policy and advocacy efforts to increase financial, human, and in-kind resources for civil legal aid; and
Obtain data to help guide policy decisions regarding the wise and efficient use of all available resources.
Several methods of data collection will be undertaken including telephone surveys, focus groups, personal interviews and web-based data surveys of the general population, legal providers, nonprofit groups, hard to reach citizen groups and groups with special needs. Telephone surveys in particular will be conducted among low-income and moderate income households in Georgia, as well as among attorneys regarding their participation in pro bono services.
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs and the Burruss Institute have entered into a multi-year contract. The Council has asked the Institute to conduct a multi-level evaluation of some of its youth and parent participation programs. Three types of programs are being evaluated; Middle After-School Prevention Programming (MAPP), Prevention Programming for Latino Youth (PPLY), and Substance Use Prevention Education Resource (SUPER). In addition, separate evaluations are being conducted of the Georgia Alcohol Policy Partnership (GAPP) and the Media Literacy Workshop.
All of the programs evaluated in this project have as their mission to prevent or reduce the use of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) by youth participants in the programs. Other goals include providing participants with the knowledge and resources to avoid the use of ATOD. Parent participation is also included in all MAPP and PPLY after-school programs and in SUPER. reducing the risk of drug abuse in school-aged children. The evaluations will be conducted via various methodologies.
More than 97% of Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) users in Georgia satisfied with services they have received from Pathways, according to a new Kennesaw State University's A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research study.
Kennesaw State University hosted a multidisciplinary conference and workshop on undocumented workers in Georgia. The conference / workshop was designed to benefit scholars and practitioners in the fields of immigration, governance, economics, law, history, and sociology.
Conference organizers brought together a diverse group of scholars and interested citizens to open a civil dialogue on the often contentious issue of immigration. Our chief purposes are to inform by offering a forum for the presentation of research in this area and to begin a process of discussion that may lead to greater understanding.
The Conference was sponsored by the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research, the Center for Regional History and Culture and the Center for Hispanic Studies. For information, contact the Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research at 770-423-6464 or
Post Conference Details and Reports
As part of a partnership between the Burruss Institute of Public Service, Gwinnett United in Drug Education (GUIDE, Inc.) and the Metro Atlanta Council on Alcohol and Drugs (MACAD), Burruss Institute staff collected and analyzed data obtained through a telephone survey of 432 residents in Gwinnett County. The survey was designed to compare public opinion of the risks of underage drinking with knowledge of current drinking regulations. The survey also tested the support for new laws and other efforts, such as citizen awareness groups. The drinking behaviors of respondents, along with perceptions of teenagers' access to alcohol and the prevalence of underage drinking, were also considered.