||Survey Design, Administration,
The SCS believes that the best survey research starts with a data
analysis plan in mind. SCS staff can help translate your research
goals into an analysis plan based on sound statistical practices.
With an analysis plan in mind, we can advise you on the most
appropriate survey methods for your goals and your budget. By
combining our statistical expertise with experience in conducting
surveys, we are able to produce surveys that incorporate with the best
survey methodologies. The SCS assists clients with the following
aspects of survey research:
- Sample Design
By carefully designing a survey sampling plan using statistical design
of experiments concepts, it is possible to obtain useful information
while controlling survey costs.
- Questionnaire Design
The SCS can help develop a questionnaire that efficiently
collects your data. We can advise you on potential design issues such
as question wording, question order, and response order effects.
- Survey Administration
The SCS currently has the capability of administering web and mail
surveys. In addition, we can subcontract the administration of
telephone surveys while performing the design and analysis components
in-house. When the SCS administers a survey we can act as a buffer
between the client and the respondents, reducing possible bias in
- Result Tabulation and Weighting
SCS statisticians can analyze and interpret survey results keeping in
mind potential issues such as nonresponse bias. In addition,
expertise in weighting methodologies allows us to account for possible
biases due to sampling anomalies.
- Specialized Analysis of Results
Our staff includes two Ph.D. statisticians who are able to apply
advanced statistical modeling techniques (e.g., spatial modeling) to
survey data to extract more information from your data than simple
tabular summaries. Our position within the university also provides us
with access to experts in hundreds of subject-matter fields for more
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