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March 2021

2021 COVID-19 Fiscal and Service Impact Survey Results: Dr. Stephen Aikins conducted a nationwide survey to determine the effects of COVID-19 mitigation measures on U.S. county and municipal revenue and public services provided, and to identify the policies implemented to address fiscal challenges posed by COVID-19.

January 2021

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2021 COVID-19 Vaccine and Policy Survey Results: First Data Set, Second Data Set, Third Data Set: Dr. Stephen Neely, in partnership with the Florida Center for Cyber Security (also known as Cyber Florida), conducted a nationwide survey of 1,003 U.S. adults to measure attitudes and opinions regarding COVID-19 vaccines, as well as potential federal stimulus policies. The brief summarizes the key findings, and you can also read the online articles and view the media coverage related to the survey below.

KCAL Channel 2, CBS News (Los Angeles)
KCNC Channel 4, CBS News (Denver)
KDKA Channel 2, CBS News (Pittsburgh): Article 1, Article 2
KOVR Channel 13, CBS News (Sacramento)
KPIX Channel 5, CBS News (San Francisco)
Sarasota Herald Tribune
St. Pete Catalyst
Tampa Bay Times

USF Newsroom, Research and Innovation: First Data Set, Second Data Set, Third Data Set
WBBM Channel 2, CBS News (Chicago)
WBZ Channel 4, CBS News (Boston)
WCCO Channel 4, CBS News (Minnesota)
WFLA Beyond the News, iHeartRadio (Tampa): Article, Podcast
WFOR Channel 4, CBS News (Miami)
WFTV Channel 9, ABC News (Orlando)

2020

October 2020

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2020 Presidential Election Survey, Facebook Results: Drs. Stephen Neely, Joshua Scacco, and Elizabeth Strom conducted a statewide survey of 600 Floridians to measure their use of Facebook to engage with the presidential election, as well as their attitudes regarding the political information they encounter online. The brief summarizes the key findings, and you can also read the online articles and view the media coverage related to the survey below.

News Break
Palm Beach Post
USF Newsroom, Research and Innovation
WFTS Channel 28, ABC Action News (Tampa)
WTVT Channel 13, FOX News (Tampa)
WUSF News (Tampa)

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2020 Presidential Election Survey, Political Climate Results: Drs. Stephen Neely, Joshua Scacco, and Elizabeth Strom conducted a statewide survey of 600 Floridians to measure attitudes and opinions regarding the 2020 presidential election and the current political climate. The brief summarizes the key findings, and you can also read the online articles and view the media coverage related to the survey below.

Eminetra
Florida Politics
News Break
Sun-Sentinel: Article 1, Article 2
Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Patch
USF Newsroom, Research and Innovation
WFLA Channel 8, NBC News (Tampa)
WTOG Channel 44, CBS News (Tampa)
WTVT Channel 13, FOX News (Tampa)

August 2020

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2020 Emergency Preparedness Survey, Hurricane Results: Drs. Robin Ersing, Stephen Neely, and Christa Remington conducted a statewide survey of 600 Floridians to measure emergency preparedness, as well as general opinions regarding the COVID-19 public health crisis and related policy issues. The brief summarizes responses related to household readiness for hurricanes and other disasters, and the impact of COVID-19 on that readiness. You can also read the online articles and view the media coverage related to the survey below.

News Break
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
St. Pete Catalyst
St. Pete Patch
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Tampa Bay News Wire
Tampa Bay Times
WFLA Beyond the News, iHeartRadio (Tampa): Article, Podcast
WFLA Channel 8, NBC News (Tampa)
WTSP Channel 10, CBS News (Tampa)

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2020 Emergency Preparedness Survey, COVID-19 Results: Drs. Robin Ersing, Stephen Neely, and Christa Remington conducted a statewide survey of 600 Floridians to measure emergency preparedness, as well as general opinions regarding the COVID-19 public health crisis and related policy issues. The brief summarizes responses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also read the online articles and view the media coverage related to the survey below.

Florida Politics: Article 1, Article 2
Florida Trend
News Break
Newsweek
Politico, Florida Playbook
St. Pete Catalyst
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Tampa Bay Times: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3, Article 4
The Hill
USF Newsroom, Research and Innovation
WFLA Beyond the News, iHeartRadio (Tampa): Article, Podcast
WFLA Channel 8, NBC News (Tampa)
WFTS Channel 28, ABC Action News (Tampa)
WINK Channel 11, CBS News (Fort Myers)
WJCT News (Jacksonville)
WJXT Channel 4, News4Jax (Jacksonville)
WMFE News (Orlando)
WOFL Channel 35, FOX News (Orlando)
WOGX Channel 51, FOX News (Gainesville)
WTSP Channel 10, CBS News (Tampa): Article 1Article 2
WTVT Channel 13, FOX News (Tampa)
WTXL Channel 27, ABC News (Tallahassee)
WUSF News, Health News Florida (Tampa)

February 2020

2019 USF SPA-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey Results: The 2019 Sunshine State Survey covered a wide range of timely and critical issues facing Florida's residents and business, non-profit, and government leaders.

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2019-20 USF SPA-New Tampa Business Climate Study: A group of MURP graduate students, led by Samuel Becker, took a deep look into the New Tampa area businesses—to evaluate the problems and potential solutions to local economic development—using community engaged-projects with City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and local business leaders like City of Tampa, District 7, Councilman Luis Viera, the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, New Tampa Rotary, and the Director of Transportation and Planning for the Tampa Downtown Partnership Karen Kress.

View the full study report or download the community presentation. You can also read the online articles related to the study below.

Neighborhood News: Feb 2020, Jan 2020, Aug 2019, Jun 2019, Apr 2019
Tampa Bay Times: Feb 2020

2019

September 2019

2019 USF SPA-Cyber Florida Local Government Cybersecurity Survey: As part of a series of state-wide cybersecurity workshops for local government officials, Drs. Stephen Neely and Ron Sanders—in partnership with Cyber Florida and co-sponsored by FCCMA, FLC, and FLGISA—developed and conducted a cyber readiness survey of local government chief executives (i.e., city managers, county administrators, and their equivalents) about the priority they place on cybersecurity, and more importantly, the steps they have taken to ensure that the governments they lead have done everything possible to mitigate the risk of cybercrimes committed against their citizens. They also collaborated on editing a report on best cybersecurity practices for those local governments, and delivering a series of cybersecurity workshops for local government officials and professionals.

May 2019

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Four teams of our MPA Spring 2019 Capstone students tackled some of Hillsborough County's most pressing management challenges—and they presented their findings to the County Administrator and his executive team. Our students helped the County officials develop: (1) a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Quality of Life (QOL) metrics, as well as the preliminary design of a web-based performance dashboard for the County’s website; (2) a long-term strategy for fiscal sustainability, focusing on an in-depth analysis of several benchmark counties across the country; (3) the integration of two major social service programs for the County—Head Start and Adult Education—to foster better family learning among the jurisdiction’s most needy; and (4) the beginnings of a comprehensive Affordable Housing strategy to take advantage of the County’s booming development.

2018

September 2018

2018 USF SPA-Sarasota County Opinion Survey Results: With growth comes changing constituent demands, perceptions, and needs. The 2018 Sarasota County Opinion Survey covers issues Sarasota County residents may be facing in an attempt to gain insight into the factors that may be impacting their overall perception of quality of life.