Overview

The Center for Survey Research conducts a wide array of surveys for a diverse clientele. We work with organizations on a one time-basis or on reoccurring survey projects. Contact us if you would like to discuss your survey project needs.  

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woman with her child
The purpose of this survey was to understand the childcare experience of and gaps in services for moderate and low income families.

Report Appendices

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Reston Community Center Report Cover
Conducted in the summer of 2019, this survey aimed to assess awareness and support for the Reston Community Center.

Report Appendices

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Kids at Adventure Farm in Albemarle County; Photo by CVille Tomorrow
The purpose of this survey, conducted during the winter of 2020, was to gather opinions about quality of life in Albemarle.

Report Appendices

Report Title Published
Albemarle County Community Survey: Report
Albemarle County Community Survey: Report Appendices
Harvest Foundation Survey of Childcare Needs: Report
Harvest Foundation Survey of Childcare Needs: Report Appendices
Reston Community Center Community Survey: Report
Reston Community Center Community Survey: Report Appendices
AAPOR 2015 presentation
2011 Virginia Outdoors Demand Survey
Presentation of Virginia Diabetes Prevention National DPP Lifestyle Program Retention Results October 26, 2021
Fairfax Department of Family Services Customer Satisfaction Survey Report Appendices August 13, 2021
Fairfax Department of Family Services Customer Satisfaction Survey Report August 13, 2021
AAPOR 2020: Coordinating Independent Cancer Catchment Area Surveys to Estimate Health Information Access for an Entire State: The Case of Virginia June 17, 2020
Fairfax County NCS 2019 Report March 3, 2020
James City County 2019 Survey Report August 6, 2019
Yale Class of '69 50th Reunion Survey Results June 4, 2019
BeHeardCVA AAPOR 2019 Presentation (5/18/19) June 4, 2019
TJHD Survey Report May 1, 2019
Glossary_OFC April 24, 2019
BeHeardCVA Informed Consent_Long April 16, 2019
Executive Summary: Who's Hungry? Louisa County Survey of Food Insecurity and Unmet Needs January 15, 2019
Who's Hungry? Louisa County Survey of Food Insecurity and Unmet Needs January 15, 2019
Lousia County Survey of Food Insecurity and Unmet Needs November 13, 2018
2017 Conference, Meeting & Event Demand Survey: Report of Results August 13, 2018
Charlottesville Parks and Rec Survey Results July 25, 2018
The Changing Costs of Random Digital Dial Cell Phone and Landline Interviewing March 8, 2018
The Connection Between Breast Density and Breast Cancer December 8, 2017
Cell Phone Costs AAPOR 2016 May 24, 2016
Report to the Benjamin Hair-Just Swim For Life Foundation on JACS4 September 21, 2015
University of Virginia Survey of the Faculty 2012: Report of Results [full report with appendices] December 2, 2012
Appendices to the University of Virginia Survey of the Faculty 2012 December 1, 2012
Harvest Foundation Childcare Needs Survey
Overview:
The purpose of this survey was to understand the childcare experience of and gaps in services for moderate and low income families.
Year:
2020
Downloads:
Reston Community Center Survey
Overview:
Conducted in the summer of 2019, this survey aimed to assess awareness and support for the Reston Community Center.
Year:
2019
Downloads:
Albemarle County Community Survey
Overview:
The purpose of this survey, conducted during the winter of 2020, was to gather opinions about quality of life in Albemarle.
Downloads:
Cancer Center - Catchment Area Health Assessment Survey
Overview:
Funded by NIH P30 NCI Supplement. Survey of University of Virginia Cancer Center's catchment area to capture residents' health behaviors, cancer knowledge and attitudes, and demographic characteristics. Study design combined probability and non-probability sampling techniques and collected responses by mail, web, phone, and in- person efforts across catchment region.
Project ID:
18.14
Client Name:
Roger Anderson
Sponsor:
University of Virginia Cancer Center
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Project Coordinator:
Kara Fitzgibbon
Sample:
Mixed-probability sampling. Probability sample included mail-out to ABS of 2,767 households, as well as cell-phone calling to RDD and smart cell samples. Study employed adaptive sampling design with second phase of cell phone calling targeted to underrepresented groups in survey response. Non-probability efforts included in-person outreach by community health educators and online social media recruitment.
Survey Mode:
Phone, Mail, Web, In-person
Year:
2019
Caregiver Coordination for People with Dementia--Sperling
Overview:
CSR programmed instruments originally hosted on another web platform into Qualtrics. CSR did not collect any data.
Project ID:
18.24
Client Name:
Scott Sperling
Sponsor:
Department of Neurology, University of Virginia
Principal Investigators:
Kara Fitzgibbon
Sample:
Clinical population recruited by UVa Neurology Department
Survey Mode:
Web
Year:
2018
Fairfax NCS 2019
Overview:
Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) commissioned CSR to conduct their annual Customer Satisfaction Survey for five centers/services: 1) Human Services Transportation (HST), 2) Senior Centers (SC), 3) Community Centers , 4) Teen Centers, and 5) Technology Centers. CSR conducted the data collection for HST and SC, which was administered by mail and web. Fairfax NCS collected data for CC, Teen, and Tech Centers.
Project ID:
19.12
Client Name:
Kristen Lasich
Sponsor:
Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services Customer Satisfaction Surveys
Principal Investigators:
Kara Fitzgibbon
Project Coordinator:
Andrea Negrete
Sample:
Sample was drawn from five sources. CSR drew simple random samples of 500 Human Services Transportation customers and 500 Senior Center customers from a population frame provided by client. 465 in-person surveys were collected by NCS county staff for customers of Community Centers, Teen Centers, and Technology Centers. County staff were instructed to collect a certain number of questionnaires based on center size and to sample from a diverse range of ages, genders, and races/ethnicities.
Survey Mode:
Mail, Web, In-person
Year:
2019
Annual Newsroom Diversity Survey
Overview:
The ASNE Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey has been conducted annually since 1978. The survey measures diversity of employees within newsrooms with respect to race, ethnicity and gender. NLA (formerly ASNE) has the goal of having the percentage of minorities working in newsrooms nationwide equal to the percentage of minorities in teh nation's population by 2025. The survey data is used by NLE to track newsroom employment trends to assess success of meeting this goal.
Project ID:
19.03
Client Name:
Meredith Clark
Sponsor:
American Association Newsroom Editors
Principal Investigators:
Kara Fitzgibbon
Sample:
All newsrooms in the United States were eligible to participate in the survey, and a sample of 1,850 newsrooms were identified by ASNE and sent survey requests.
Survey Mode:
Web
Year:
2019
12-hour Nursing Shift Survey
Overview:
CSR assisted with questionnaire design and pretesting for a planned survey of Virginia Nurses, including cognitive interviews with 14 UVa nurses who pre-tested the draft instrument. The questionnaire explored nurses' views of the advantages and disadvantages of 12-hour vs 8-hour work shifts, taking into account personal needs and benefits to patients and work teams. The final instrument was fielded by the Virginia Nursing Association, polling their membership.
Project ID:
17.06
Client Name:
Beth Quatrara
Sponsor:
Uva School of Nursing
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
Membership of the Virginia Nursing Association. 3,400 nurses, not all of whom would be qualified for the study.
Survey Mode:
Web
Year:
2017
UVA IT Analysis 2009: Information Technology and the Future of the University.
Overview:
CSR also consulted to UVA ITC as they prepared results for publication on their web page using the data from the 2008 survey of IT users which was titled Information Technology and the Future of the University. The survey involved advance letters to inform participants about the study and ask for their participation mailed on November 19 2008 to the 3 400 people in the sample. Letters to students contained a $2 bill as an incentive to participate following the principles of social exchange theory outlined in Dillman’s Tailored Design Method. Most of the letters were sent via UVA Messenger Mail while several hundred were sent to off-Grounds addresses by first class U.S. mail. The median length of time to complete the interview was 18 minutes. A total of 1 525 questionnaires were completed. The overall unweighted response rate for the survey was 44.9%. Among the sampling groups response rates were highest for undergraduates (57.8%) and lowest for graduate students (36.1%). With 1 525 (5.3%) of the estimated qualified reachable population of 29 012 responding the margin of error for questions answered by all respondents in this survey is ±2.4% at the 95% level of confidence.
Project ID:
9.11
Client Name:
James Hilton
Sponsor:
UVA Information Technology and Communications
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
No sampling for this specific consulting project.
Year:
2009
VDH SASS: Alternative septic regulations
Overview:
In spring 2009 the Division of Onsite Sewage and Water Services in the Office of Environmental Health at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) contracted with the Center for Survey Research (CSR) at the University of Virginia to design and conduct a survey of Virginia residents regarding proposed emergency regulations for alternative onsite sewage systems. In spring 2009 the Division of Onsite Sewage and Water Services in the Office of Environmental Health at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) contracted with the Center for Survey Research (CSR) at the University of Virginia to design and conduct a survey of Virginia residents regarding proposed emergency regulations for alternative onsite sewage systems.
Project ID:
9.12
Client Name:
Dwayne Roadcap
Principal Investigators:
James Ellis
Sample:
Sample of Households with Septic Systems
Year:
2009
Reston Community Center Survey 2009 -- Design Phase
Overview:
This phase of the 2009 Reston Community Center project was specifically for the purpose of designing and developing the project. Time was spent consulting with the client and the Reston Board of Supervisors on the content of the survey and the protocol for implementing the study which included a CSR experimental design. CSR worked directly with the Reston Community Center Director to define the experimental protocol which involved the use of an address-based sampling plan.
Project ID:
9.13
Client Name:
Tom Ward
Sponsor:
Reston Community Center
Principal Investigators:
James Ellis
Sample:
Design Phase only - no sample required.
Year:
2009
Analysis of ENT diagnoses in the National Ambulatory Care Survey
Overview:
CSR gave technical assistance to Jose Mattos MD-MPH student at UVa. for a project analyzing data on ear nose and throat diagnoses from the National Ambulatory Care Survey a large annual data collectiion funded by CDC. The study focused on changes over time in presentation of asthma and other complaints separating data by demographic groups. Data for specific ailments and years had to be extracted from multiple NAMCS data sets. Due to the weighting scheme used in this data set complex sampling analysis methods in STATA needed to be applied to the custom-built final data set..
Project ID:
9.14
Client Name:
Jose Mattos Fellow in Otolaryngology Uva
Sponsor:
UVa Department of Otolaryngology
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
Data analysis from a large data set available through the CDC. National sample of patient encounters in ambulatory settings.
Year:
2009
PWC Organizational Survey 2010
Overview:
Prince William County commissioned the Center for Survey Research to conduct its fourth biennial survey of all full and part-time employees. The purpose of the survey was to assess employee satisfaction with their work environment and whether or not employees are living out the county's vision and values.
Project ID:
9.15
Client Name:
Tracey Hormuth and Will Hoff
Sponsor:
PWC
Principal Investigators:
James Ellis
Sample:
A survey of all 3633 full and part-time employees working for Prince William County.
Year:
2009
APCO Dr Partnerships 2010
Overview:
This survey of US and Canadian physicians attempted to find out more about attititudes and perceptions that might effect decisions about where & how to practice medicine repeating a study from 2007 and adding a Web component to the data collection. The questionnaire was designed to try to better understand the pressures facing practicing physicians today by identifying the challenges as well as the satisfactions of the profession. The content of the survey addressed physician satisfaction and attitudes about the practice of medicine in general and the aspects of medicine that physicians like and dislike.
Project ID:
9.17
Client Name:
Kiri
Sponsor:
APCO Insight
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
US & English-speaking Canadian doctors (purchased lists) 437 respondents
Year:
2009
Reston Community Center Survey 2009 -- Execution Phase
Overview:
The purpose of the 2009 Reston Community Center Citizen Satisfaction Survey was to assess current and projected future use of programs and facilities as well as citizen priorities for recreational needs within the context of anticipated increases in population and tax base related to the metro Silver Line. The survey introduced new questions to assess the community’s priorities for indoor recreational facilities and to provide information for discussions about budget and growth decisions for the future.
Project ID:
9.18
Client Name:
Leila Gordon Leila.Gordon@fairfaxcounty.gov
Sponsor:
Reston Community Center
Principal Investigators:
James Ellis
Sample:
A sample of names and addresses was selected from a phone/non-phone database of over 20000 households in the Reston area.
Year:
2009
VDEM Survey on Emergency Preparedness National Capital Region
Overview:
Telephone survey of randomly contacted residents of Washington DC and the areas of Virginia and Maryland considered to be part of the National Capital Region. Contact was made by listed sample RDD and cell phone. The project was a collaborative effort among the emergency management agencies of DC and its five surrounding states (Virginia Maryland Delaware Pennsylvania and West Virginia.) The survey gathered information on people’s preparedness trust in information sources special needs likely evacuation destinations and routes and other information needed by the emergency management agencies to prepare their plans for a possible man-made emergency in the area. A full report was prepared in addition to multiple presentations for stakeholders and emergency planners and responders.
Project ID:
8.37
Client Name:
Janet Clements VDEM
Sponsor:
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
residents of National Capital Region
Year:
2008
Equipoise in Clinical Trials-Djulbegovich
Overview:
Working with researchers at the University of South Florida CSR designed and fielded this vignette-based factorial web survey to investigate whether clinical trials could be identified where the interests of trial patients and future patients come into balance or "equipoise." Deployed on a customized website hosted by CSR the web survey presented each expert respondent--recruited from Institutional Review Board members at the 122 U.S. American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) schools--with four pairs of randomized clinical trial vignettes followed by a ninth "bonus" vignette of a type that matched one of the previous four pairs. In each of the nine vignettes seven aspects of each scenario could be randomly varied resulting in over 1 000 possible variations covering different phases of hypothetical clinical trials involving rheumatoid arthritis and pancreatic cancer patients.
Project ID:
9.21
Client Name:
Ben Djulbegovich MD
Sponsor:
University of South Florida (funds from the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program)
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
Nationwide sample of members of Institutional Review Boards at university Medical Schools. Supplementary sample drawn from membership list of PRIM&R (association of professionals in human subjects issues).
Year:
2009
CRA-W (Computing Education Evaluation)
Overview:
The goal of this web survey was to evaluate the effect of programs sponsored by Computing Research Associates that promote careers in computing research fields for women and minorities and that provide support to students who seek to pursue careers in these fields. A total of 412 students from a national sample of students who had graduated from an undergraduate program in computing completed the on-line questionnaire. The study found significant positive differences between those who participated in CRA programs compared to others.
Project ID:
9.01
Client Name:
Betsy Bizot
Sponsor:
CRA-W
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
Students were contacted from colleges that had hosted at least one CRA program participant along with a national random sample of other schools. Students who were contacted by their own school rather that CSR had a separate anonymous site
Year:
2009
Charlottesville Gas Division - Safety
Overview:
Surveys to evaluate general knowledge and the impact of education efforts regarding natural gas safety on the general population and on businesses and excavators working in the area. Work replicates studies done in 2008.
Project ID:
9.22
Client Name:
Phil Garber
Sponsor:
City of C'ville--Gas Division
Principal Investigators:
Robin Bebel
Sample:
city of Charlottesville & urban areas of Albemarle County served by Cville Gas Division residents commercial & excavators
Year:
2009
Aid & Application Awareness study 09
Overview:
The goal of this survey was to replicate a set of surveys done in 2007 and 2008 which gathered information about how high school seniors and their families make choices about college. The surveys were focused particularly on financial concerns or limitations. The Center for Survey Research (CSR) was contracted by the researchers (Sarah Turner Professor of Economics & Education at the University of Virginia and Christopher Avery Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University) to conduct the survey and collect the data. Although many of the same questions were asked this year’s protocol did differ significantly from the 2007/2008 survey design most notably the survey was only administered to students and only in the spring. Because many high school seniors could still be under eighteen years old when they were first recruited for the survey parental consent was required before they could be contacted. Responses were collected via the Internet and on paper forms.
Project ID:
9.02
Client Name:
Sarah Turner
Sponsor:
Harvard University Spencer Foundation
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
Current Virginia HS seniors who scored well on SATs and live in low-income areas
Year:
2009

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