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U of S social science researchers unveil survey results - Taking the Pulse of 1,750 Saskatchewan Residents

October 15, 2012

This week, University of Saskatchewan social science researchers will unveil the results of a province-wide survey that gauged the opinions of 1,750 Saskatchewan residents on seven thematic areas. The Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan (TTP) survey results will be available by theme at http://ssrl.usask.ca/ on the following dates:

  • sustainable resource development: Oct. 18
  • immigration and diversity: Oct. 19
  • health, well-being and Saskatchewan families: Oct. 23
  • crime and public safety: Oct. 24
  • moral issues: Oct. 25
  • the Saskatchewan economy: Oct. 26
  • Aboriginal issues: Oct. 29

TTP is the result of work conducted by more than 30 faculty members and 40 students across seven departments in the university’s College of Arts and Science Division of Social Sciences. Using the newly created Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL) at the University of Saskatchewan, students conducted telephone surveys of randomly selected residents across the province earlier this year to gauge attitudes on several contemporary, and often divisive, topics.

“The Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan project provides hands-on learning for our students, giving them a valuable inside look at faculty research processes as well as practical work experience,” said Linda McMullen, acting vice-dean for the college’s Division of Social Sciences. “In addition to these tangible benefits for students, we also hope the project will spur an ongoing, province-wide dialogue on issues of importance to the Saskatchewan community.”

The social science researchers partnered with The StarPhoenix in Saskatoon, Regina’s Leader-Post and CBC Saskatchewan to share the survey results with Saskatchewan residents. From Oct. 18 to 29, coverage of survey results will be on CBC (CBC Radio One, TV and online) and in The StarPhoenix and Leader-Post’s print and online editions. CBC Radio One’s The Morning Edition will officially launch coverage with a live broadcast from the U of S Saskatoon campus, just outside of Arts 146, on Oct. 18 from 6 to 8:30 a.m.

Two Taking Your Pulse community events—one Oct. 29 at the U of S Saskatoon campus (Neatby-Timlin Theatre, Arts 241) and one Oct. 28 at the Regina Public Library—will provide opportunities for Saskatchewan people to see how their views measure up against survey results, speak with the researchers and provide input into the next version of the survey.

“Taking the Pulse provides a unique opportunity for us to explore and celebrate the University of Saskatchewan’s commitment to community-engaged research through the high-impact, public service journalism that CBC is known for,” said John Agnew, managing director of CBC Saskatchewan.

“Saskatchewan is in the middle of great growth and change. It is the job of our newspapers to not only chronicle how life is evolving in the province, but to also raise questions and facilitate conversations about the issues we face every day. Working with the CBC and the university on this project allows us to do that work in some powerful new ways,” said Rob McLaughlin, editor-in-chief and deputy publisher of The StarPhoenix and Leader-Post.

Saskatchewan residents can participate daily in online conversations about the survey results on Twitter with the hashtag #ttpsask, in addition to attending the community events later this month.

The U of S Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL) consists of five complementary research laboratories, providing social science researchers and students access to innovative infrastructure and supports unique among Canadian universities. It officially opened in late 2011 and was made possible by grants from the Government of Saskatchewan and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) provided partial financial support for the public outreach events.

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