K-12 Schools Now Eligible for Subsidized Information Services

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Schools, like all functioning concerns, run on money and information. Given the ever growing demands on the budgets of schools they often have to forego the information they need simply to get by. In an endeavor to relieve some of the burden on K-12 schools, Applied Primary Research, a Florida based survey, polling and data analysis company, has launched a test program offering to subsidize more than 80% of the cost of data collection and analysis.

Schools, like all functioning concerns, run on money and information. Given the ever growing demands on the budgets of schools they often have to forego the information they need simply to get by. In an endeavor to relieve some of the burden on K-12 schools, Applied Primary Research, a Florida based survey, polling and data analysis company, has launched a test program offering to subsidize more than 80% of the cost of data collection and analysis.

Any school within the United States or its territories is eligible for the service subsidy, as long as they are a bona fide K-12 school, either public or private. Currently Applied Primary Research is running this test program through April 15, 2006 to determine if it fills the need they believe it will. Extension of the program will depend largely on the results from the initial test.

The program could be thought of similar to the programs run by many stores that offer office and school supplies, where customers buy items and drop them in a donation bin for distribution to students at local schools. The significant difference is that while those stores are selling the supplies at retail, thus consumers are making the subsidy; Applied Primary Research is offering their services essentially at or below cost.

Why? Philanthropy is good business, and it’s good for society at the same time. This isn’t a new concept. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield started their business Ben & Jerry’s on the theory of philanthropy almost from day one. Unfortunately for Applied Primary Research, day one was not very long ago; otherwise the service might have been completely free. In recent months Applied Primary Research has undertaken a number of unfunded projects they felt were of significant social value, including an analysis of budget allocations during national political campaigns, and a study on the effects of doctor’s examination room décor on patients. “We’re walking a fine line between social responsibility, and staying in business.”

For more information visit the Applied Primary Research website at http://www.appliedprimaryresearch.com/

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