Education and Outreach

Classes and Seminars
Our director, Berwood Yost, regularly teaches courses on survey research methodology and public policy. With Kirk Miller (biology), Alison Kibler (American studies and women and gender studies) and Sean Flaherty (economics), Mr. Yost also teaches a highly praised multidisciplinary course based on our research into pregnancy outcomes among Amish women in Lancaster County. Called Public Health Research: Pregnancy Outcomes in American Women, the class looks at the data from the Amish study and other surveys, and analyzes and discusses the data from many different perspectives.

Student Opportunities
Students participate in the work of the Center in a variety of ways. Student interns assist with data analysis, reporting, and other projects. Students regularly participate in our surveys and focus groups that seek information about student life, career possibilities, drug and alcohol use on campus, and other issues. We have also employed students as both telephone interviewers and call center supervisors. For more information about student employment and internships, please contact office administrator Julia Haigh; click here to be directed to our contact information.

Community Involvement
As part of Franklin & Marshall, we share the college's mission to "deepen and enrich the College's ties to the City of Lancaster." Our research has helped many different groups work toward positive change and growth in areas such as crime reduction, community services, recreation, community health, the arts, education, and local government. We have worked extensively with many organizations, including the Lancaster City Police, the Lancaster Community Safely Coalition, the School District of Lancaster, Lancaster General Hospital, the East King Street Improvement District, the Lancaster Alliance, LancasterARTS, Lancaster Family YMCA, and the North Museum, to name a few.