The Docking Institute of Public Affairs is a public policy research institute located at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Since its founding in 1980, the Docking Institute has worked with hundreds of local, state and regional organizations, agencies and communities to assist them in charting their future success. Our mission is to facilitate effective
decision-making among governmental and non-profit leaders. The Institute's six primary programs are:
Survey research, program evaluation research, public policy research, and community and economic development research
Strategic planning and consulting
Economic and community development consulting
Public administration training programs
Public affairs programming through conferences, speakers, forums, television and radio programming, newspaper columns, and scholarly publications
Institute for Policy & Social Research
As a coordinating agency of the Kansas State Data Center, Institute for Policy and Social Research (IPSR) receives or accesses Census publications, CD and DVD-ROMs, and other electronic data files for Kansas and neighboring states. IPSR has a web application that allows users to create custom tables, graphs, and maps from the Kansas Data Archive, a repository of state, county, and city-level demographic and socioeconomic data for Kansas.
The IPSR web site also features an application that allows users to create Census 2000 profiles for a user-defined area. IPSR publishes county-level data profiles for all Kansas counties in addition to the Kansas Statistical Abstract, all of which are freely-available from the web site. IPSR staff are able to field general Census and other state data questions, create custom data extracts, and assist users in data visualization, including GIS. Some services may require a fee. For more information, please email Xan Wedel or call 785-864-3701.
Kansas Population Center
The Kansas Population Center is the main population-related research facility at Kansas State University. Building on the cross-disciplinary and flexible nature of social demography, the KPC connects the campus community working on population studies to national and international research centers and academic communities. It is a depository for socio-demographic data on Kansas and the United States through its role in the U.S. Census Bureau's State Data Center Program.
The KPC is located within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. The main research areas of the KPC are migration, urbanization, immigration and rural population change. We are also involved in a number of projects related to natural resource use from a demographic perspective, including the impact of biofuel production on rural sustainability. The KPC also supports a research network on population trends in eastern Europe.
Affiliates support the network by acting as the public face for the State Data Center and working directly with users.
State of Kansas Agencies
Kansas Department of Commerce
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Kansas Secretary of State's Office
Planning and Development Agencies
Mid America Regional Council (Kansas City)
County Economic Research Institute (Overland Park)
Wichita Sedgwick Metropolitan Area Planning Department
Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance (Hays)