Projects

What kinds of projects are done at CSR?

CSR has conducted a wide range of projects. We have worked on behalf of academic researchers, government agencies, private foundations, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

CSR is experienced with an array of contact modes:

  • Telephone interviewing (with WinCATI)
  • Mail-out survey and contact services
  • Web-based data collection
  • In-person interviewing

CSR has recently purchased Quatlrics which allows for the creation and implementation of sophisticated, user friendly online surveys. Qualtrics can be used to schedule both reminder and thank-you emails based on completion of the survey.

What services does CSR provide?
CSR is a full-service research facility. We offer customized project design, professional interviewing, and data collection using the latest survey technologies, as well as data analysis and report preparation.

How much does it cost to do a survey?
CSR's rates are competitive with other academic and commercial survey organizations. Project costs can vary widely depending on factors such as the scope of services you require, the survey methodology used, the number of respondents, the nature of the sample, etc. Costs can range anywhere from $5,000 to $150,000. So while typical projects have been in the $20,000 to $50,000 range, we have also done smaller and larger projects. We invite you to contact one of our senior staff to discuss the scope of your project and factors that govern cost.

What's the best way to collect data for my project?
CSR can advise you on the most productive and cost-effective method for collecting your data: telephone, mail, electronically, or in-person. CSR ensures scientific validity of your study by helping specify procedures for selecting respondents within households, securing cooperation, and following up incomplete interviews or questionnaires.

Who writes the questions for my survey?
CSR can write the question for you or can assist you in writing your own. We will help you determine the best question formats to measure people's opinions, experiences, attitudes, and behaviors. We can advise you on the proper sequencing of items, a critical design feature for maintaining objectivity and ensuring that respondents understand your questions.

Can I get a copy of one of your old reports?
Most are available for a nominal fee. Contact Ila Crawford for details and specific costs.

Custom Project Design

We will help you clarify your study objectives and advise you on how to get the most research value from available resources.

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Data Collection

We specialize in the use of Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing and Personal Interviewing.

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How We Collect Useful Data

CSR prepares statistical analyses and reports of survey results ranging from simple tabulations to authoritative, in-depth narrative reports.

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Education Abroad Evaluation--2011 Summer Programs

Following the recommendation of the UVa Education Abroad Outcomes Task Force, the International Studies Office asked CSR to assist with an evaluation of the impact of its programs on students` cultural awareness. The survey items were based on a conceptual framework developed by the task force. A web-based instrument, tested during J-Term 2011, was used pre- and post-program, and items were added in Summer 2011 to measure program characteristics and student experiences. Postal and e-mail reminders were used to encourage response. CSR`s analysis of results from Summer term 2011 was delivered to the International Studies Office.
Year
2011
Area of Survey Study

Fairfax DFS 2011

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services survey is a client satisfaction survey. The survey is a self-administered paper survey that is mailed to clients` home addresses. The survey was mailed to a random sample of 3500 clients. The survey also included a telephone follow-up to approximately 25% of the non-respondents. All questionnaires were made available in English and five additional languages: Vietnamese, Farsi, Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. This was the second survey conducted for the Fairfax County Department of Family Services.
Year
2011
Area of Survey Study

Survey of Surgical Disease in Rwanda

SOSAS (Surgeons Overseas Assessment of Surgical need) is a survey developed by Surgons Overseas, an international non-profit organization, to assess the unmet surgical needs in developing countries. The instrument was developed by an international team of surgeons and public health experts, with input from CSR. It was pretested in Sierra Leone, and CSR helped with analysis of the pretest results. CSR developed the sampling plan for the study. In-person interviews were conducted across Rwanda with 3,175 individuals (maximum of 2 persons per household) to determine if they suffered from any untreated surgical conditions at present or in the past. The sample design used about 50 clusters (villages) stratified across the countries districts and regions. Interviews were conducted by medical students from the University of Rwanda, under the direction of Robin Petroze, Fellow in the UVa Department of Surgery. Data collection, in Rwanda, was conducted by the investigators using their own i-Pad based program of the instrument. CSR assisted in instrument development, received and cleaned the collected data, and conducted extensive analyses to support a number of presentations and publications of the results.
Year
2011
Area of Survey Study

UVA Department of Anesthesiology Performance Evaluation

Web presentation allowing Department members to evaluate clinical effort and assess peers, CRNAs and residents. Several members preferred to send in completed Excel spreadsheet; CSR entered data into that person`s web record. All resident surveys were manually entered.
Year
2011
Area of Survey Study

JACS 1 - Jefferson Area Community Survey 2012

CSR initiated the Jefferson Area Community Survey project in late 2011, and the first wave of the survey was fielded in January 2012. This is a recurrent, regional omnibus survey of the greater Charlottesville region, including the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. The telephone study used a triple-frame sampling design (landline RDD, directory listed landlines phones, and cell phones) and over 1,000 interviews were completed. Local government agencies, non-profits, and University researchers may purchase questions on JACS. The first wave included questions about local development and transportation issues, public perceptions of public health issues, and questions about gas safety. CSR also released results of its own questions on the 2012 Presidential race, consumer confidence, and the controversial Western By-Pass road project.
Year
2011
Area of Survey Study

Virginia Horse Industry Board

The 2010 Virginia Horse Industry Survey was conducted during the summer of 2010 by the Center for Survey Research (CSR) in cooperation with the Center for Economics and Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Virginia Horse Industry Board. The data collection for the project consisted of two phases. First, CSR visited twelve equine events of different types and solicited attendees to fill out surveys with their estimated expenditures and related data for that event. There were 809 completed questionnaires in this `attendee survey.` Second, CSR randomly selected 150 equine events for the `sponsor survey` portion of the project. CSR mailed questionnaires to the 113 unique sponsors of these 150 events. The sponsor survey questionnaire asked for information about attendance, revenues and expenditures for the selected events. Information was collected for 42 events.
Year
2010
Area of Survey Study

NSF--Science Indicators Instrumentation Workshop

At the request of the National Science Foundation, Prof. Guterbock organized and convened a survey methodology workshop at NSF headquarters in November 2010. The workshop included experts in survey methodology and in public knowledge of science. The task was to recommend improvements in the instrumentation used in NSF`s biennial surveys that assess public knowledge of science and technology. A report on the workshop`s recommendations was submitted to NSF in January 2011. Supported by a grant to U.Va. Department of Sociology and CSR.
Year
2010
Area of Survey Study

National Association of Realtors Survey Methods Evaluation

CSR consulted with NAR on ways to improve response rates for two important, annual, national surveys: the homebuyers survey and the survey of NAR members (Realtors). Under CSR`s guidance, NAR ran an experiment with reminders and incentives that doubled the response rate on the member survey. The changes were less effective when tried on the homeowners survey. No data collection by CSR: consultation only.
Year
2010
Area of Survey Study
Project Name Area of Study Survey By Mail Survey By Phone Survey By Web Survey In Person Year
LC Horse Owners Survey Local Government Yes No Yes No 2018
Culpeper Schools Youth Behavior Survey Analysis Educational Research No No Yes No 2017
Franklin & Marshall College Trustees Survey 2016 Organization-Elite Respondents No No Yes No 2016
UVa Facilities Management Customer Survey Research on UVA No No Yes No 2016
ORB International 7-country project 2017 Nationwide, statewide and regional No No No Yes 2016
UVa SCPS Military Outreach: Interviews with ESOs Educational Research No Yes No No 2016
Foothills Forum Additional Data Analysis Nationwide, statewide and regional Yes No No No 2016
Foothills Forum--Rappahannock Survey Nationwide, statewide and regional Yes No No No 2015
Uva Sexual Assault Place and Time Survey Research on UVA No No Yes No 2015
Fairfax County NCS Customer Satisfaction Local Government Yes No Yes Yes 2015
Guatemala Survey Weighting Consult Health-related No No No Yes 2015
Nonprofit Finance Fund Consult Nationwide, statewide and regional No No No No 2015
Municipal Responses to Immigrants Survey Nationwide, statewide and regional Yes No Yes No 2015
ORB International Weighting Consultation Nationwide, statewide and regional No No No Yes 2015
Smartphone data collection: Matt Gerber Questionnaire Critical Review Local Government No No Yes No 2015
Health Information on Facebook Health-related No No Yes No 2014
HPV Cohort 2014 Health-related No Yes No No 2014
Charlottesville Gas Safety Survey 2014 Local Government No Yes No No 2014
VDH Dental Care Access Health-related No Yes No No 2014
Citizen Cabinet Recruitment Nationwide, statewide and regional Yes Yes No No 2014

Survey of Surgical Disease in Rwanda

SOSAS (Surgeons Overseas Assessment of Surgical need) is a survey developed by Surgons Overseas, an international non-profit organization, to assess the unmet surgical needs in developing countries. The instrument was developed by an international team of surgeons and public health experts, with input from CSR. It was pretested in Sierra Leone, and CSR helped with analysis of the pretest results. CSR developed the sampling plan for the study. In-person interviews were conducted across Rwanda with 3,175 individuals (maximum of 2 persons per household) to determine if they suffered from any untreated surgical conditions at present or in the past. The sample design used about 50 clusters (villages) stratified across the countries districts and regions. Interviews were conducted by medical students from the University of Rwanda, under the direction of Robin Petroze, Fellow in the UVa Department of Surgery. Data collection, in Rwanda, was conducted by the investigators using their own i-Pad based program of the instrument. CSR assisted in instrument development, received and cleaned the collected data, and conducted extensive analyses to support a number of presentations and publications of the results.
Year
2011
Area of Survey Study

UVA Department of Anesthesiology Performance Evaluation

Web presentation allowing Department members to evaluate clinical effort and assess peers, CRNAs and residents. Several members preferred to send in completed Excel spreadsheet; CSR entered data into that person`s web record. All resident surveys were manually entered.
Year
2011
Area of Survey Study

UVA Attending Physicians EMR Survey

The survey focuses on the five strategic goals for new Electronic Medical Record software, EpicCare, as it was used in the outpatient practice environment and uses those goals to measure how clinical staff members perceived the success of the new system at theUVA Medical Center. The over-riding objective of the survey was to identify specific areas that could be improved, re-evaluated or changed. CSR became involved in instrument development, advice on protocol and analysis and reporting. Survey was programmed and fielded by client, not CSR. Rresults reported to top management at UVA Health System and shared with UVA Board of Visitors.
Year
2011
Area of Survey Study

Uva Faculty Senate Survey of the Faculty 2012

At the request of President Teresa Sullivan, the UVa Faculty Senate surveyed members of the UVa faculty about issues related to their work life at UVa and how they use their time as employees. CSR worked closely with the Senate`s committee on Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Retirement and Welfare to design and pretest the instrument. (The survey field period ended shortly before UVa`s governance crisis in June 2012.) Results were reported for the University as a whole, and reports by school were made available to members of the faculty.
Year
2011
Area of Survey Study

UVA Transportation Mode Split 2011

In consultation with the UVa Department of Parking and Transportation, CSR conducted an online and paper-based survey of faculty and staff opinions about transportation modes and issues related to their employment at UVa. The survey was aimed at determining modes of transportation used to commute to work, perceived barriers to using alternative modes for those who commute alone in automobiles, general opinions about transportation modes and issues, and demographic information to aid in the analysis and interpretation of the data.
Year
2011
Area of Survey Study

ASAP research on satisfaction with growth

CSR staff prepared a report that integrates data on attitudes toward growth, consequences of growth and growth management, using data from various surveys taken in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region by CSR and others. The survey dates ranged from 1994 to 2011, and included some CSR studies from Prince William County, another Virginia locality that has experienced rapid growth. The study was sponsored by a local non-profit group that focuses on growth issues in the area: Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population.
Year
2010
Area of Survey Study

Batten Institute Survey of UVA Alumni Entrepreneurship

The UVA Center for Survey Research (CSR) assisted the Batten Institute to design and execute a confidential self-administered survey (mail out and web) of a large sample of alumni of the University of Virginia. CSR assisted in the development of the survey questionnaire. The survey was designed to capture information to inform an estimate of the economic impact of entrepreneurial ventures in which Uva alumni have been involved or which they founded. The survey also was designed to support an analysis of factors that may be related to engagement in entrepreneurial activities.
Year
2010
Area of Survey Study

Beneficiary Study (Genworth) 2010

CSR had initial discussions with representatives from Genworth to develop and review possible ideas for sample surveys to explore public perceptions of life insurance need, costs and benefits.
Year
2010
Area of Survey Study

Breastfeeding Clinical Trial

Review and critique of developed instrument for administration during clinical trial by client - CSR did not sample respondents, collect data, or do any analysis
Year
2010
Area of Survey Study