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APPLIED AND MARKET RESEARCH

The Outdoor Industry Research Partner

Working with leading OSU faculty and researchers, we partner with trade and professional associations and other organizations to identify, assess and analyze the biggest workforce issues facing the outdoor recreation economy today.

From market research to training standards development, our research teams empower leaders to make data-driven and impactful decisions that drive their organizations and the industry forward.

COVID IMPACT STUDY

Together with the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), we surveyed the industry in 2020 to measure the impacts of COVID-19 on the outdoor recreation economy as a whole.

Our most findings tell the story of an impressive, if still fragile, recovery.

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STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT FOR DIVERSITY & INCLUSION TRAINING

Working in collaboration with AARP and OSU’s College of Public Health & Human Sciences, we mapped a research and educational agenda dedicated to making the outdoors more accessible and welcoming for the 50+ community.

Through insights from key informant interviews with industry leaders, the project team proposed a set of core competencies necessary for all consumer-facing employees in the outdoor recreation industry.

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OUTDOOR RECREATION & LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND

With the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) now has a guaranteed source for $900 million in mandatory annual funding for outdoor recreation and conservation projects across the nation.

To help with the work of prioritizing recipients for those funds, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) partnered with OREI here at Oregon State University to create a comprehensive list of funding-ready projects.

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HOW CAN WE HELP?

This year’s research focus will continue to be in diversity, equity, and inclusion including organizational assessments, baseline studies, and workforce trends. Follow our LinkedIn page to stay up to date on our work.

If your association or organization is looking for research support, contact us.

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