John R. Barner joined the Institute of Government as a faculty member in February
2016. As the survey research and evaluation specialist in the Survey Research and
Evaluation Unit (SRE), he directs surveys, consults on sampling issues, and contributes
to evaluations. Dr. Barner has extensive expertise and experience with applied research
methodology and outreach utilizing survey-based and data-driven informational sources
for needs assessments, asset building, and process and outcome evaluations.
Prior to joining the Institute of Government, Dr. Barner served as faculty at Troy
University in Alabama and taught as an adjunct instructor in both the graduate and
undergraduate level at the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work. Dr. Barner
has worked as an independent consultant for government agencies and non-profits, providing
mixed methodological program evaluation, data collection and statistical analysis.
Ph.D., Social Work, University of Georgia; M.S.W., University of Minnesota; B.S.,
Family Social Science, University of Minnesota