A Brief History of Center for Applied Social Research (CASR)
In 2004, a collaborative effort through the Dean's office of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Oklahoma between the Psychology and Anthropology departments formed the initial structure of The Center for Applied Social Research (CASR). Their goal was to create a multi-disciplinary, applied research center that encompassed many of the individual departments in the College of Arts and Science. They were charged with creating a center that fostered collaborative research and facilitated the integration of different perspectives in solving complex problems.
The mission of the Center is to assist local communities, private businesses and governmental agencies in solving their multi-faceted problems by applying advanced concepts and methods in the social sciences. CASR focuses on critical, emerging issues that influence institutional policies and practices, bringing to bear on these issues and interdisciplinary perspective, which draws upon the best work currently being done in the various fields of the social sciences. CASR seeks to apply an action research approach that both enhance our basic understanding of human social behavior and provides practical solutions to real-world problems in a variety of settings.
CASR is located in 5 Partner's Place, which opened in January 2015. It is a state-of-the-art facility located on the University of Oklahoma's Research Campus. This new facility houses CASR on the fourth floor, providing office space for faculty, staff and students. There are also data collection rooms, conference rooms with audio and visual teleconferencing capabilities, and a computer lab.