Submitting a Technical Assistance Request
The Social Science Program (SSP) does not have a primary research budget available for agency-wide competition in calling for proposals. As a result, technical assistance requests should be submitted with this in mind. SSP can assist in managing social science projects, prioritizing needs and approaches, developing of research and analysis, and peer review processes.
Submit a STAR request under 'Social Science and Visitor Use.'
Importantly, SSP manages an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for socioeconomic research and analysis with Resource Systems Group, Inc. This contract provides easy-access for all bureaus within the Department of the Interior to obtain a full array of high quality social science research and analyses, with optional assistance from SSP. For more information on this, use the contact form and select Social Science as the category.
The documents below have been completed as part of technical assistance to parks, regions, the Department of the Interior, and NPS partners.
- Cost-Benefit and Regulatory Flexibility Analyses: Final Regulations Addressing the Designation of Bicycle Use in Units of the National Park System (PDF - 137KB), conducted by the NPS Environmental Quality Division. This report presents the regulatory analyses for the 2012 general bicycle regulations.
- Visitor Use and Evaluation of Interpretive Media (PDF - 3.2MB), commissioned by the NPS Harpers Ferry Center and prepared by the Social Science Program and the Visitor Services Project (VSP). This report is an analysis of data from 23 VSP studies conducted in 1997, 1998, and 1999.
- Trends in Demographics and Information Technology Affecting Visitor Center Use: Focus Group Report (PDF - 1.4MB), commissioned by the Park Planning and Special Studies Program and prepared by Dr. James H. Gramann, NPS Visiting Chief Social Scientist
- A Comprehensive Study of Visitor Safety in the National Park System: Final Report (PDF - 429KB), commissioned by the NPS Social Science Program and the Risk Management Division and conducted by Dr. Seth Tuler and Dr. Dominic Golding, The George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University
- The Association of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Social Class in Outdoor Recreation Experiences: State of the Knowledge Report (PDF - 557k), commissioned by the NPS Social Science Program and prepared by Dr. Donald Rodriguez and Ms. Nina Roberts at Colorado State University
- Expedited Approval for NPS-Sponsored Public Surveys, Annual Report, FY 2009 (PDF - 283KB) Expedited Approval Annual Reports for previous years are available on the Expedited Review Guidelines page.
- Archived Technical Assistance Reports
Last Updated: October 09, 2014