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Welcome to Southern Oregon University Research Center (SOURCE)

Who We Are

SOURCE is the only university-affiliated research center in Southern Oregon. Using Southern Oregon University resources and faculty, we provide evaluation and applied research in a wide variety of areas. We serve various types of organizations including government agencies, nonprofits and businesses. more...

What We Do

Through collaboration with students, faculty, and professionals SOURCE completes program evaluations, survey research, implementation studies and economic analysis to better our region.

Applied research is a scientific approach to investigating real-world issues, and using the results for immediate and practical solutions. Applied research gives you the data you need to take the guesswork and assumptions out of your organizational decisions.

Evaluation is the process of assessing the effectiveness of your organization’s program, policy, project or services. This includes determining whether your policy or program is achieving the desired goals and benefits, and whether it is cost effective. External evaluation is often required on federal, state and local grants.

Applied research and evaluation will give your organization the tools to:

  • target resources where they are most needed,
  • address misinformation effectively,
  • provide the right services at the right time and place,
  • avoid costly mistakes,
  • address your mission effectively and efficiently.

How does SOURCE get you these results?


  • Bureau of Land Management
  • City of Ashland
  • Jackson County
  • Rogue Community College
  • Jackson County Department of Health
  • Southern Oregon Head Start
  • Oregon Wine Board
  • Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Cooperative