All parks requesting a social science study of either visitors or non-visitors must complete a PSU nomination form https://psu.uidaho.edu/psu/vsp-nominations.htm. The PSU offers different types of studies, including the VSP, focus group studies, special group/customized studies with visitors or non-visitors and economic studies. All studies are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which can be a lengthy process. If you have questions, please contact VSP Director Lena Le firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Need funding assistance? Complete a Project Management Information System (PMIS) form. Some regions require that all projects be entered in PMIS. The PMIS must be entered in the Servicewide Comprehensive Call (SCC). IMPORTANT: On PMIS submissions for a VSP visitor study, include "VSP" in the project title. Also, provide the survey month and request funding assistance, if needed.
VSP studies: In-depth, customized studies during a single or multiple seasons, funded by requesting park
The VSP has been able to conduct all requested surveys for the past few years. Nominations must be approved by the Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science before work can proceed.
VSP visitor study results are available about eight months after the survey fieldwork is complete.
Focus groups: structured small group discussion on a specific topic conducted by PSU staff, funded by requesting park
Can provide data from visitors or non-visitors, e.g. on why a particular population do not visit a park. Request using online PSU nomination form.
Focus group study results availability: depends on the complexity of the project: simple projects results--approximately three months, complex projects--approximately eight months.
Custom studies: study customized by topic, audience, and survey method; funded by requesting park
The timing of results availability depends on the scope of the project.
Money Generation Model 2 (MGM2) economic reports: uses VSP data and an economic model to determine the impact of visitor spending on the local economy, funded by requesting park