Access to Opportunity:  Place, Poverty, and Social Service Provision in the U.S.  
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MSSSP

Description. The Multi-City Survey of Social Service Providers (MSSSP) is a telephone survey of executives and managers from social service providers in three cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C.) completed by Professor Scott W. Allard between June 2004 and August 2005 at the John Hazen White Public Opinion Laboratory at Brown University. The MSSSP interviewed providers from a wide range of areas (welfare-to-work, job training, mental health, substance abuse, adult education, housing, emergency assistance, youth programming), who reported serving populations near or below the federal poverty line. Survey respondents were asked over 125 questions about services offered, client characteristics, partnerships with government housing and welfare-to-work agencies, funding streams, faith-based status, and other relevant organizational characteristics. In addition to providing an accurate snapshot of service delivery in each city, these data can pinpoint where services are delivered, assess the match between client demographics and the demographics of the surrounding community, and to identify providers serving welfare-to-work clients. With a response rate of over 60 percent, the MSSSP is the most unique, comprehensive, and geographically sensitive survey of service provision among governmental, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations working with poor populations currently available.

Survey form. Click here to download a .pdf version of the survey instrument used in the MSSSP.

 

RSSSP

Description. The Rural Survey of Social Service Providers (RSSSP) is a telephone survey of executives and managers from more than 750 social service providers and churches in four rural areas (Southeastern Kentucky, Southcentral Georgia , Southeastern New Mexico , Southern Oregon/Northern California) completed by Professor Scott W. Allard from March 2006 to August 2006. The RSSSP interviewed providers and churches operating in a number of different service delivery areas (welfare-to-work, job training, mental health, substance abuse, adult education, housing, emergency assistance, youth programming), who report serving populations near or below the federal poverty line. Survey respondents are asked over 125 questions about services offered, client characteristics, partnerships with government housing and welfare-to-work agencies, funding streams, faith-based status, and other relevant organizational characteristics. In addition to providing an accurate snapshot of service delivery in each of the four rural areas, these data can pinpoint where services are delivered, assess the match between client demographics and the demographics of the surrounding community, and to identify providers serving welfare-to-work clients. The RSSSP is the most unique, comprehensive, and geographically sensitive survey of service provision among governmental, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations working with poor populations currently available for scholars of rural poverty

Survey form. Click here to download a .pdf version of the survey instrument used in the RSSSP.

Scott W. Allard
Professor
Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs  
University of Washington
sallard@uw.edu