Illustrative Projects

Help America Vote (HAVA)

Texas Office of the Secretary of State

Methodology: Database Management

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) provides $80 million in federal funds for the purpose of improving voting systems throughout Texas to comply with new national standards. PPRI was contracted to assist the Texas Office of the Secretary of State in creating a system to maintain accurate and up to date information on the dissemination and use of these federal grants. Specifically, the database allows the office of the Secretary of State to account for money allotted to counties proposing voting system enhancements through HAVA.

Comptroller’s Office: Survey of College Youth

Texas Comptroller’s Office

Methodology: Policy Analysis and Survey Research

A study of barriers to entering colleges and professional schools in Texas was conducted for the Comptroller of Public Accounts in Texas. The study involved tracking high school graduates in order to determine how many entered public institutions of higher education in Texas and for discerning barriers to entering institutions of higher education. Based upon information provided on transcripts and additional school records, study participants were tracked and interviewed.

Climate Change Study

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Methodology: Survey Research

PPRI conducted a telephone survey on the topic of Scientific Opinions of Climate Change for the Bush School of Public Policy at Texas A&M University. The data collection included a total of 459 completed interviews. The Climate Change survey was conducted according to PPRI’s standard data collection procedures. These protocols cover the entire interviewing process from recruiting interviewers to data delivery. Success in this initial survey resulted in two additional projects with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These included a second survey concerning global climate change and global warming and a third survey regarding water availability issues in the Texas/New Mexico region.