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 Metropolitan Studies Institute - Projects and Initiatives  

 Original Research Projects

  •  The P.A.C.E. Center:  A Services Impact Assessment, The Pace Center, 2008 
  •  Third Grade Reading in Spartanburg County, Spartanburg County Foundation, 2008 
  •  Economic Development, Workforce Trends and Postsecondary Education in Greenville County and the Upstate:  A Gap Analysis, University Center Greenville, 2008 
  •  An Estimate of the Total Economic Impact of USC Upstate in the 2007-2008 Fiscal Year, USC Upstate, 2009 
  •  Upstate Regional Education Gap Analysis, Upstate REC, 2009 
  •  An Estimate of the Total Economic Impact of the Chapman Cultural Center and the Arts Partnership in the 2008-2009 Fiscal Year, The Arts Partnership, 2009 
  •  The Prevalence of Four Primary Ocular Diseases in Upstate South Carolina, J.C. Stroble Foundation, 2009 
  •  Spartanburg Community Food Assessment:  A Food Desert Study, Hub City Farmers’ Market, 2009 
  •  Cherokee County Community Indicators, United Way of the Piedmont, et. al., 2010 
  •  The ReGenesis Project:  Environmental Justice for Spartanburg, Hon. Harold Mitchell, 2010 
  •  Spartanburg Head Start and Early Head Start:  A Community Assessment, Piedmont Community Actions, 2010 
  •  The Demand for Health Information Management and Implications for Health Informatics, USC Upstate, 2010 
  •  The State of the Nonprofit Infrastructure, Spartanburg County, Community Indicators Cabinet, 2011 

 Survey Research 

  •  Spartanburg County Childhood Obesity Survey and Findings, Spartanburg Childhood Obesity Task Force, 2009 
  •  Spartanburg County Survey and Data Analysis for Nutrition and Physical Activity With State and National Comparisons, Mary Black Foundation and United Way of the Piedmont, 2010 
  •  Ten at the Top Upstate Vision Survey, Ten at The Top, 2010 

 Grant / Program Evaluation 

  •  An Evaluation of the Northside weed and Seed Program, Spartanburg County Public Safety, 2009 
  •  Full Circle:  From Cradle to College, Full-Service Community Schools, USDOE, Spartanburg District 7, ongoing 
  •  Greenwood Genetic Center, NIH Science Education Partnership Award, current 


  •  Smoking and Tolerance of Cancer Treatment:  A review of the Literature, Gibbs Cancer Center, 2010 
  •  Dynamic Divas:  Live, Learn, Love, Gibbs Cancer Center / NCI, ongoing 
  •  A model for prediction of obesity at the neighborhood level, ongoing 


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