Rural Futures Research Centre

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
What the facility does

A hub for social research on rural Atlantic Canada

Area(s) of Expertise

The Rural Futures Research Centre (RFRC) is a hub of excellence for social research on and with rural Atlantic Canada. We collaborate with communities, provide a range of social research services and expertise, and train students in social research methods.

At the RFRC, we provide the infrastructure, training and methodological expertise to gather, analyze and disseminate timely, comprehensive, quantitative and qualitative data about social life in the region's rural areas. With 8 Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) stations, Voxco data collection software, data analysis software and equipment, we have the capacity to conduct and analyze telephone and online surveys, focus groups and interviews, and produce engaging, informative research outputs for academic, lay and policy audiences.

Research Services
  • 8 Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) stations, Voxco data collection software, data analysis software and equipment for conducting research
  • In-house capacity to conduct and analyze telephone and online surveys, focus groups and interviews
  • Expertise in social science research (e.g. sociology)
  • Collaboration on research design and delivery with communities
  • Production of engaging, informative research outputs for academic, lay and policy audiences
  • Training of students in social research methods
Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Policy and governance
  • Tourism and hospitality

Equipment

Function

Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) equipment stations (8)

CATI is a structured system of microdata collection by telephone that speeds up the collection and editing of microdata and also permits the interviewer to educate the respondents on the importance of timely and accurate data. The software is able to customize the flow of the questionnaire based on the answers provided, as well as information already known about the participant.

Voxco Research Cloud Omnichannel Survey Software

Unified central database for online, phone and face to face surveys

IBM SPSS Statistics

Software package used for interactive, or batched, statistical analysis

STATA

Software for statistics and data science

Atlas.ti

Qualitative data analysis and research software. Powerful workbench for the qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical, audio and video data.

Title

URL

Farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture and the local food system in Nova Scotia: A snapshot of consumer habits and perceptions

https://rfrc.ca/sites/default/files/2020-10/NS%20Local%20Food%20Survey%20Report%2010.8.pdf

Survey Report: Seeing a Future

https://rfrc.ca/publication/survey-report-seeing-future-it

The day is dawning on a four-day work week

https://theconversation.com/the-day-is-dawning-on-a-four-day-work-week-139587