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AEDC Research Department

Do you have data and need help interpreting it? Do you need to administer a survey, or would like to host a roundtable discussion?

The AEDC Research Department can provide research project management and analysis for the following groups:

  • Businesses
  • Nonprofits
  • Economic Development Organizations (EDO’s)
  • Government

AEDC’s Research Department offers the following:

Demographic & Local Market Analysis

Opening a new location, hiring additional staff, offering new products? These are some of the most critical choices you’ll have to make for your business. While no alternative is without risk, quality information to guide your decision-making process helps reduce that risk and will give you the confidence to make your next move.

From U.S. Census data to local election statistics, there are numerous sources of valuable information available to inform your decision. Our staff will work with you to find the right information and deliver it in easy to understand reports. Let us do the heavy lifting and free you to run your business with the best data available.

Survey Administration

Surveys are an effective way to gain insight from your customers, collect objective information and track how attitudes and behaviors change over time. AEDC has the resources and experience to design, market and analyze surveys to get you the critical information you need.

Roundtable Discussions

Roundtables are the perfect way to explore complex questions in a quick and interactive way. Our method brings groups of targeted individuals together to discuss key questions developed to promote open and meaningful dialogues. We capture and analyze the conversations in a concise report to highlight key points and perspectives. Not only do you gain valuable information, but attendees will also benefit from collaborating with their peers, networking and experiencing a unique event that depends on their expertise.

Internal Data Analysis

“Big Data” is everywhere. Your business may already be collecting vital information, but you don’t know what to do with it. Or you do, and you don’t have the time or expertise to utilize it. AEDC can help manage your data and will work with you to find ways to develop meaningful insights to help your business succeed.

Indicator Research & Development

Is your project doing what it set out to accomplish? Does your staff know what “success” looks like? Indicators to monitor development and track progress are a critical tool for management, but are often overlooked. Consulting with AEDC to create results based accountability indicators for your business will help keep your business focused on what matters most to you.

Industry Best Practices Research

Whatever issues you’re dealing with in your business, chances are, someone has already had to face them and come up with a solution. AEDC can help you avoid having to reinvent the wheel and learn from other’s experiences. We’ll do the research and give you a concise report on the options that have worked for others, enabling you to choose what will work best for you.

Case Studies

Sometimes, quantitative reports aren’t the right way to tell your story. Describing how a program has affected your client’s life, why your business chose to provide a service or what conditions exist that need to be addressed often require a different, descriptive approach. Case studies are a great way to gain insights into complex questions using archival resources, personal interviews and other non-statistical information.

White papers

White papers serve a number of needs, from arguing a business case, providing key points of an issue or promoting a strategy for addressing a problem. We can help you meet your goal with assistance in content planning, data research and can even draft the document for you.