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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LC Horse Owners Survey

This is a mail and web survey of owners of horses quartered in Loudoun County (VA). A mail packer was sent to owners of approximately 3000 properties in the county meeting requirements for quartering horses. Email invitations were sent to members of equine groups, in cooperation with the administrators of those organizations.
Area of Study
Contact Mode
Year
2015

HPV Cohort 2014

This study is a replication of a 2008 study of similar design, conducted by Dr. Pierce and CSR in response to a mandate passed by the Commonwealth of Virginia requiring girls to be vaccinated against HPV, or Human papillomavirus, prior to entry into the sixth grade starting in 2009. Using a prospective cohort design, this is a study of parents of girls in the age range of 11-12 who have been outpatients at the UVa Health System. The study asked parents about their child’s health care provider, childhood vaccinations, their impressions regarding HPV vaccine, and their decision whether or not to vaccinate their daughter. One goal of the study is to assess whether rates of vaccine uptake have improved since the original cohort was studied.
Year
2014

Citizen Cabinet Recruitment

The goal of the project was to test different methods of recruiting a general population to an online panel of US citizens to consult on public policy issues. Respondents were asked to sign up for the Citizen Cabinet by mail or by going to the specified website and entering their code. In this process, they were asked to complete a short intake questionnaire on paper or online.
Contact Mode
Year
2014

Loudoun County Resident Survey 2014

The 2014 Loudoun County Survey of Residents was conducted by telephone with a scientifically selected sample of 1,017 county residents. Listed, random-digit dial landline and cell numbers were included in the triple-frame sample design. Rural ZIP codes were oversampled. The questionnaire covered opinions about county services, employment, cell and broadband connectivity, Metrorail destinations and priorities for station features, and more.
Area of Study
Year
2014

Charlottesville Gas Safety Survey 2014

The City of Charlottesville Gas Safety Survey was conducted by the Center for Survey Research (CSR) at the University of Virginia on behalf of the Gas Distribution operations of the Public Utilities Division of the City of Charlottesville, Virginia. CSR used a Computer-Aided Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system to conduct interviews with both residential and business natural gas customers and non-customers. In addition, CSR interviewed representatives from companies that had performed excavation services within the natural gas service area of the City. This survey builds on prior surveys done in 2006 by another vendor and in 2010 by CSR. The intent of the survey was to support and test the impact of efforts to educate the public on natural gas safety issues. Additional questions about Energy Conservation were asked on behalf of the Charlottesville Energy Conservation Program.
Year
2014

Intimate Partner Violence in Rwanda--Health Providers survey

The project's goal was to assess healthcare practitioner's perceptions of intimate partner violence in healthcare. UVA surgery resident Christine Gade was able to get responses from 239 Rwandan healthcare professionals on a self-administered, paper questionnaire. The survey looked at multiple factors (inclulding questions on what constitutes IPV, their perceptions of IPV in their patient populations, why they don't ask about IPV, andbeliefs about future changes). CSR staff consulted on the questionnaire draft and assisted with analysis of the results.
Year
2013

Massachusetts Election Poll

CSR assisted researchers at the University of New Hampshire in conducting a survey of attitudes of likely voters regarding a special Senate election in Massachusetts that was to take place on June 25th, 2013. The election pitted Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Ed Markey. The survey tested how the candidates’ stands on several issues affected voter support for specific candidates. The survey also asked about the currently breaking news story regarding NSA domestic surveillance.
Year
2013

Math Undergraduate Majors Survey for UVa

A web-based survey of current mathematics majors and recent graduates of the program. The purpose of the survey was to assess student perception of the major and to identify areas of perceived strength and weakness. All respondents rated their general experience as mathematics majors, their perceptions of the course offerings, and the quality of the Mathematics Department faculty. Graduates were also asked to evaluate the preparation they received for graduate school or employment. A total of 161 past and current students completed the survey (another 51 partially completed the survey) yielding an adjusted response rate of 39.5% (Current students 47.1% and alums 33%).
Area of Study
Year
2013

Fairfax DFS 2013

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services 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. The questionnaire was translated into five additional languages beyond English (Vietnamese, Farsi, Spanish, Korean, and Arabic.)
Area of Study
Year
2013

International Neuropsychological Society Member Survey

Web-based survey of members and former members of the International Neuropsychological Society that was conducted for Jennie Ponsford, President at the time of the survey. As part of the strategic planning initiative of the organization, the survey committee worked with CSR to develop a survey to invite members, former members, and conference attendees to give feedback on their experience and contact with the International Neuropsychological Society. The questions ask about membership, conference participation, promotion and publicity, and publications. Dr. Ponsford presented the results of the survey at the INS North American Conference in February, 2014.
Year
2013

Faculty Finalists Survey

The purpose of this survey was to better understand why individuals accept or turn down offers of tenured/tenure-track faculty employment at the UVa. Specifically, all respondents were asked to rate their experience with the interview process, the quality of the offer they received from UVa, and the importance of various attributes of the position to their final decision. Individuals who declined the offer of employment at UVa were asked about the offer they did accept and whether there was anything the University could have done to change their decision.
Year
2013

Recruitment for Savings Behavior Experiments

On behalf of Prof. A. J. Bostian, UVa Department of Economics, CSR recruited residents of the Charlottesville/Albemarle region to participate in lab experiments about savings behavior. The participants were drawn from a pool of respondents to the Fall 2012 Jefferson Area Community Survey (JACS2) who had expressed willingness to be contacted about future research studies at UVa. They were contacted by email and by phone, and those who wished to participate were scheduled for specfic appointments at UVa's Garrett Hall, where the experimental lab is located.
Area of Study
Year
2013