LAN Resources was contracted to identify how educational services were being provided to students with severe disabilities throughout the state and compare the state to national data. In total more than 59 local school districts, the State Schools for the Severely Handicapped, the Special School Districts of St. Louis and Pemiscot Counties, and 35 other states participated in the study.
Parents and educators throughout the state were asked to give their perception of various educational issues including whether or not the educational services provided to students with severe disabilities were beneficial to the students and their families and if the current practices made effective use of state resources.
In 2002, DESE and the Missouri State Library contracted with Quantitative Resources, LLC. The goals were to determine the affect that School Library Media Center Services have on student achievement, identify the specific components of School Library Media Center Services and Library Media Center Specialists that positively affect student achievement, determine if other external factors affect student achievement, and compare Missouri data with other states’ research.
The project entailed conducting a mixed-mode survey tool, aimed at more than 1,100 school librarians working throughout 2,100 public school buildings in the State of Missouri. The project included an online survey tool followed up with a telephone campaign to all non-respondents. The librarians were sent invitations via e-mail and mail asking for their participation. In total 880 school librarians participated, for a total participation rate of 80%. The work provided by our team, led to Lisa Whitacre (Norton) being selected as the 2004 “Friend of the State Librarian” award.
These projects are large scale telephone based survey studies for individual counties Throughout the state of Missouri. The goal was to replicate, at a county level, the BRFSS study that is funded by the CDC for all 50 states. Since 1999, LAN Resources has conducted more than 7,000 interviews. The surveys consisted of 143 questions that took an average of 18 minutes to complete. On-line reporting tools were also created to allow for custom report building.