John Barner

John Barner

John Barner

Public Service Assistant; State Services and Decision Support



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

Additional Info:

Areas of Expertise: survey design and development, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; program and practice evaluation, project management


The chapel has been restored in a way that allows for its use by a wide variety of university and community groups for plays, concerts, lectures, weddings, meetings, and other special events. The Spalding Theater, which seats 240, and the Conference/Green Room, which seats 45, are rented to the public.

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