Research has been a priority for the University of Kentucky (UK) since the establishment of its agricultural experiment stations in 1885—25 years before the UK’s College of Agriculture was formally established. Broadly, the purpose of UK research now, as then, is to expand and offer access to relevant knowledge. Therefore, CEDIK strives to provide and be a key source of research pertaining to community and economic development for individuals, organizations, and communities throughout Kentucky. If you have any question about our research priorities or capabilities, please contact CEDIK Research Director Simona Balazs by email or (859) 218-5764.

CEDIK’s most accessible work is the County Data Profiles, which are two-page summaries made for each of Kentucky’s 120 counties that provide recent information on various topics, including the overall economy, healthcare, and the agriculture, retail, workforce, and small business sectors. Information in the profiles has been used by extension agents and other community leaders to design more effective programs and policies throughout the state.

CEDIK offers a suite of services geared to providing community and industry stakeholders research-based information. We have an experienced research team that has proficiency with several proprietary data sources, methods of analysis, and GIS mapping capabilities.

We offer customized studies, reports, and technical assistance on the following:

  • Community Needs Assessments
  • Cost of Community Services Studies
  • Economic Impact Studies
  • Housing Studies
  • Industry Leakage Analyses
  • Retail Sector Analyses
  • Survey Based Research Assistance
  • Wage and Benefits Surveys