​Socio-Economic Studies

SMS has developed specialization in economic, social and agricultural assessments.

We have been particularly active in Social Impact Assessments (SIA) for residential housing, resort, public works, and transportation projects.

Recent work includes SIAs for the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill, the Kaua‘i Landfill, the Kawaihae Bypass Road, the Route 190 Realignment, Pā‘ia Bypass Road, Waimea Bypass Road, West O‘ahu Campus, and numerous residential housing and resort development projects.

Expanding our expertise in social and economic assessments to the fields of social marketing, SMS has recently completed projects for the Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation’s social marketing project, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s County Tourism Plans t, and the State’s long-range planning effort, Hawai‘i 2050.

SMS combines experience in socio-economic impact and market studies. We have conducted market research for private sector clients, and combined market and economic impact studies for public documents, notably Environmental Impact Statement sections. Recent work includes Waikoloa Highlands and Waikoloa Housing Studies. SMS executives have testified concerning our work before the State Land Use Commission and other agencies and community groups.

Client Testimonials

SMS did a great job in leading Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s evaluation development process…including identifying input, output and outcome measures to track progress toward HTA’s strategic goals. SMS also provided steps to guide us in integrating the evaluation process into our overall operations and planning. Our staff was actively engaged in the process and tracking the measures will ensure a focus on driving towards outcomes.

— Leslie Dance, former VP Marketing
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

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