The mission of the Center for Survey Research is to help clients to achieve their goals by providing survey-based information that is objective, accurate, relevant, timely and clear.


The Center for Survey Research (CSR) at the University of Virginia is a full-service academic survey research facility that specializes in studies for local government and state agencies. CSR offers customized project design, professional interviewing, data collection, data analysis, and report preparation. With over 30 years of experience, CSR provides the technical resources needed for survey research of the highest scientific quality to clients both within and outside the University of Virginia.

The Center is a unit of the University’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service with strong ties to the academic and health sciences faculties of the University. We have an outstanding support staff and maintain an experienced pool of trained interviewers. Our Computer-Aided Telephone Interviewing (CATI) facility has been expanded to 23 stations and has full capability for interviewer monitoring. We also have access to Qualtrics technology to assist in conducting sophisticated and user-friendly online surveys. During the past several years, we have conducted surveys for local governmental agencies around the state, for administrative and medical units within the University, for individual scholars who have received support either from federal agencies or foundations, and for public-interest, non-profit groups.



Survey research is most simply defined as research that involves systematically asking people questions. Usually, surveys involve scientifically drawn samples of respondents. There are an array of methods for conducting surveys, including telephone interviewing, mail-out surveys, web-based data collection, and in-person interviewing. Learn more about how we conduct our surveys.


CSR subscribes to the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Professional Ethics and Practices in the conduct of our work. As AAPOR members, we pledge to maintain the highest standards of scientific competence, integrity, accessibility, and transparency in our work, and in our interactions with participants, clients, and users of our research.

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CSR is located on the second floor of 2400 Old Ivy Road in Charlottesville, Virginia with other units of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

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