Welcome to the Occupational Research Group. We are a research and service branch of the College of Education at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. The Occupational Research Group provides educational research, curriculum development, and program evaluation services at the state, national, and international level.
Dr. Dorothy Harnish, Associate Research Scientist and Co-Director, Occupational Research Group
Dr. Richard L. Lynch, Professor and Co-Director, ORG
Our mission is to work collaboratively with state, national, and international agencies in the development and continuous improvement of education, focusing on workforce preparation, lifelong learning, and connections between education and economic development. We conduct applied research and evaluation activities and provide curriculum development, technical assistance, program evaluation, and information analysis services to a broad audience of educational decisionmakers and practitioners. Our research intent is to provide a knowledge base for educational practitioners and policy makers to assist them in understanding complex issues and making recommendations for actions.
Our approach to research is collaborative, client-centered, and interdisciplinary, and uses multiple modes of inquiry. We actively seek partnerships with schools, state agencies, and other organizations interested in collaborating on the design and conduct of research into critical issues in Georgia, with a focus on preparing a globally competitive, solidly educated, and flexible workforce appropriate for the 21st century.
Staffing and Resources
Our research, development, and evaluation activities are conducted by full- and part-time professional staff of the Occupational Research Group, working cooperatively with diverse, nationally recognized faculty members and consultants at the University of Georgia and elsewhere.
ORG program specialists and faculty have professional backgrounds and expertise in educational practice, industry applications, educational research, curriculum development, and evaluation assessment. University administrators, faculty, and graduate students work as research associates, technical consultants, and project team leaders, providing research design expertise and support for ORG projects.
Funding sources include university contracts, grants, and agreements with state, national, and international education agencies and other client organizations.
Areas of Expanding Involvement