Principal investigators on center projects hold faculty appointments in sociology and collaborating departments. They are assisted by a professional staff of researchers, a clerical staff, computer specialists, and experienced graduate and undergraduate research assistants.
Professional research training and workshops are offered for faculty, staff, students of the University, and interested community members.
The center works on a contractual basis for nonprofit organizations. As a part of Western Michigan University, the Kercher Center for Social Research operates on a cost recovery basis and offers highly competitive rates.
The center has access to the resources of Western Michigan University and the latest technology which includes web-based survey capabilities. It maintains a computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) facility with a server and eight workstations, a research library, data storage facilities, and project offices.
The center maintains a data bank for research and research training. It provides information about access to other regional and national data. This information will soon be available on our website.