Intelligent. Inspired. Innovative.

The National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) connects academic research to real-world issues, representing the university as an innovative branch in society.
Our new location: NSPARC at the Mill

NSPARC Is An Interdisciplinary Research Center at Mississippi State University

NSPARC has a mission to expand the reach of the university to policymakers, industry, and the public. We use smart data, analytical techniques, and high technology to make a difference, such as explaining education outcomes, helping Mississippi attract new businesses, and connecting job seekers to employment opportunities. NSPARC bases its innovative solutions on academic research from an ever-growing number of fields and always keeps an eye on the big picture.

Meet The Executive Team

NSPARC’s staff includes an executive team as well as university professors, data analysts, software developers, technical writers, IT professionals, and many others to provide the appropriate expertise for a wide variety of projects and innovative solutions.

Dr. Domenico "Mimmo" Parisi

Executive Director

Dr. Parisi is a Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of NSPARC. Dr. Parisi is also the Executive Director of the State Longitudinal Data System State Data Clearinghouse. He received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Parisi is a nationally and internationally recognized applied demographer. He represents the 21st century scholar with a focus on restructuring the role of social scientists beyond their academic pursuits to become problem solvers for public policy, economic development, and social problems that affect individuals and societies. Under Dr. Parisi’s leadership, nSPARC brings together expertise that focuses on the advance of methods and analytical techniques to transform "big data" into “smart data” raising the theoretical and empirical understanding of how individuals, groups, and society think and behave. Dr. Parisi’s work has appeared in top journals in his field, including American Sociological Review, Demography, Social Forces, Social Problems, Rural Sociology, and Social Science Quarterly.

Dr. Michael Taquino

Deputy Executive Director

Dr. Taquino is a Deputy Executive Director and an associate research professor at NSPARC. His responsibilities include oversight of the entire applied science aspect of the center. Dr. Taquino has also published in top journals in his field including American Sociological Review, Demography, Social Forces, Social Problems, Rural Sociology, and Social Science Quarterly. He is an upcoming scholar in demography and applied social sciences.

Dr. Steve Grice

Deputy Executive Director

Dr. Grice is a Deputy Executive Director and an associate research professor at NSPARC. His responsibilities include supporting the center in planning, organizing, and directing center programs and activities; conducting research; ensuring that operational procedures are efficient and aligned with protocols, standards, and goals; managing personnel; and developing staff. Dr. Grice has also published in top journals in his field including Demography, Social Forces, Social Problems, Rural Sociology, and Social Science Quarterly.

Martin Duclos

Deputy Executive Director

Mr. Duclos is a Deputy Executive Director at NSPARC. His responsibilities include oversight of system design and development and data integration for practical applications in government enterprise.

Our Works

NSPARC scientists and technicians produce peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, and web applications, including web sites, interactive technology such as kiosks, and mobile phone applications. Explore examples of our works below. Contact us to learn more about research and solutions or to find out what we can do for you.


NSPARC offers flexible research and development services to meet the specific needs of its partners. The center follows Mississippi State’s Responsible Conduct of Research plan, which requires researchers to conduct excellent research responsibly and ethically to gain public trust, and NSPARC provides state-of-the-art protection for the privacy and confidentiality of sensitive data. Contact us if you have any questions.

Strategic Planning

  • Program Evaluation
  • Computer-Assisted Focus Groups
  • Audience Response Systems and Polling
  • Survey Research and Design
  • Proposal Development

Data Analysis

  • Data Standardization and Integration
  • Data Warehousing
  • Multi-Level Research Planning and Design
  • Place-Based Analysis
  • Forecasting and Projections
  • Accountability Models

Predictive Analytics

  • Statistical Modeling
  • Forecasting
  • Data Extraction, Mining, and Analysis
  • Descriptive Statistics Reporting
  • Identification of Patterns
  • Risk Management and Decision Making

Technology Development

  • Application Development
  • Portal Development
  • Software Architecture and Design
  • Application Support
  • Database Modeling and Development
  • Mobile and Kiosk Technology

Data Collection: Polling Center

  • Telephone Interviews (CATI)
  • Web-based Interviews (CAWI)
  • Mail/Email/Fax Surveys
  • Automated Surveying (IVR)
  • In-Person Interviewing
  • Data Analysis
  • Full Featured Reporting(Daily (or as needed) data, frequency, call results, and productivity reports.)

Data Warehousing: Data Center

  • Infrastructure as a Service
    • Provisioned Hardware
    • Storage
    • Daily Backup
    • Replication and Fail-Over
    • Security (Intrusion Protection and Firewall)
    • Assured Power (Battery Backup and Generator)
  • Software as a Service
    • Hosted Systems (Custom-Built or Provided)
    • Application and Database Servers
    • Web Hosting
    • Security (IPS, Anti-Malware, File Security)
    • Systems Monitoring and Troubleshooting

Signature Research Areas

Computer Science & Cyber-Security

Demography & Geospatial Science

Early Childhood

Economic Development, Labor Market Analysis,
& Business Outreach

Education & Workforce

Energy Policy

Management Information Systems

Policy Analysis & Management

Race & Class Relations

Research Methods & Statistics

News & Media

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NSPARC Plays Key Role in $20 Million Grant to State

NSPARC's Dr. Mimmo Parisi was part of Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant's recent press conference where the Governor announced that Mississippi has been awarded a $20.5 M workforce program for SNAP recipients. Read more about the grant in a recent MSU press release.

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Launch of CO2-EOR Congressional Caucus

Mimmo Parisi: Happy to be part of this event today promoting CO2-EOR New Caucus. WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, U.S. Representatives Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Marc Veasey (D-Texas), and Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) will host a launch event for the newly formed Congressional Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR) Caucus.

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2015 Manufacturing Summit

Gov. Phil Bryant: "Since last year, the Mississippi furniture industry has created 595 jobs and has $4.4 million in private sector investment," at today's Annual Furniture Manufacturing Summit at MSU.

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Gov. Phil Bryant Visits NSPARC

Gov. Phil Bryant visited NSPARC today and talked about the valuable work done by NSPARC in workforce training research for the state of Mississippi. He said NSPARC’s research is helpful to the legislature and the governor as they make important decisions about funding programs that are effective.

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Get in Touch

We’d like to hear from you. Contact NSPARC by phone or by e-mail. Messages can be sent below.

Contact Info

NSPARC at The Mill at MSU
600 Russell St.
P.O. Box 6027
Starkville, MS 39759