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.  

PWC Immigration Supplement
Overview:
Semi-structured tape recorded telephone interviews with selected residents of Prince William County to probe more deeply into opinions about the County’s illegal immigration enforcement policy. Results were analyzed qualitatively for use in the final report of the 2-year evaluation study of the policy carried out by CSR and PERF.
Project ID:
9.05
Client Name:
PWC
Sponsor:
PWC
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
23 respondents to the 2008 and 2009 Citizen Satisfaction surveys who had agreed to be contacted were called back including all eligible Hispanic respondents.
Year:
2009
Loudoun County Needs Assessment
Overview:
CSR and LCDFS collaborated to design three survey questionnaires. A) web-based survey of human services programs in the county to help understand the array of human services resources already in place b) mail survey sent to 2 200 households in Loudoun and c) “lobby survey” placed at ten human service agencies for clients to fill out and return anonymously.
Project design used a stakeholders workshop about and two focus groups to guide the creation of a viable instrument that was used for both main resident distribution and for the agency lobbies. CSR and LCDFS also added a community assets inventory to inform discussions about resources already in-hand. CSR provided all analysis and a full written report of the findings from the surveys.
Project ID:
9.06
Client Name:
Beth Rosenberg
Sponsor:
Loudoun County
Principal Investigators:
James Ellis
Sample:
residents of general population oversampling selecet areas add'l cases from surveys distributed in lobby of select social service agancies
Year:
2009
Darden Surveys (2009 FY & SY surveys)
Overview:
Since 2001 CSR has conducted data analysis of First year and Second Year student surveys for the Darden School. This year CSR was asked to do data analysis for the Second Year only. The analysis includes mean ratings and cross tabulations by demographic variables by year and comparison across years.
Project ID:
9.08
Client Name:
Karkas Armin
Sponsor:
Darden
Principal Investigators:
Abdoulaye Diop
Sample:
Second year Darden students n=194
Year:
2009
Fairfax County DFS 2009
Overview:
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.
Project ID:
9.09
Client Name:
John Ruthinoski
Principal Investigators:
James Ellis
Sample:
A random sample of 3500 clients proportionately sampled by client services
Year:
2009
UVIMCO 2009
Overview:
This was a web-based survey of 23 employees of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company comparable to a previous survey in 2007. The questionnaire covered employee satisfaction with rewards facilities training empowerment teamwork creativity workplace environment hiring and retention directors managers and CEO and overall satisfaction.
Project ID:
9.1
Client Name:
Sharon Herbert
Sponsor:
UVA Investment Management Company
Principal Investigators:
James Ellis
Sample:
Census of all employees
Year:
2009
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
Batten Institute Survey of UVA Alumni Entrepreneurship
Overview:
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.
Project ID:
9.23
Client Name:
Mike Lenox
Sponsor:
Batten Institute Uva Darden School
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
Survey of all Uva alumni.
Year:
2010
First Destinations
Overview:
This was a survey of all fourth year undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students were asked to participate in the survey in the early spring just prior to graduation. The survey ask students what they anticipated their "first destination" to be upon graduation. Students were then surveyed in the fall immediately following graduation to see how closely their information matched what they actually did after graduation.
Project ID:
7.25
Client Name:
Ladd Flock
Sponsor:
University Career Services
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
All Fourth Year Arts and Sciences Students
Year:
2007
WCPS08: Washington County Triennial School Census
Overview:
CSR staff consulted to SERL-VCU to support the 2008 Washington County Triennial School Census. Activities included advice on Access database structure SPSS analysis to produce census counts and written technical notes on the process.
Project ID:
8.15
Principal Investigators:
James Ellis
Sample:
No sampling -- census of all residences
Year:
2007

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