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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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.
Year
2014
Area of Survey Study

Cville Employee Survey 2014

Web and mail survey designed to assess employees` satisfaction with their work environment and give employees an opportunity to contribute their ideas and opinions to help make the City of Charlottesville a better place to work. CSR had previously conducted a similar survey for the City in 2006, 2010 and 2012.
Year
2014
Area of Survey Study

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.
Year
2014
Area of Survey Study

Botetourt County Agriculture

CSR assisted the Center for Economic and Policy Studies (also a unit of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service) to conduct three focus groups regarding the status of agriculture in Botetourt County, and agricultural development needs and opportunities. Three focus groups were held in February 2015. CSR delivered a technical report to CEPS, and CEPS delivered a final written report to the county.
Year
2014
Area of Survey Study

Uva Transportation Mode Split 2013

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
2013
Area of Survey Study

Asthma in Rural NC--Leland Stillman

This was a mail-out survey asking residents if they had been diagnosed with asthma. A sample of respondents to the survey was to be asked to participate in a home visit that included a spirometry (lung capacity) breath test. The goal was to determine if there was a correlation between living in proximity to large-scale hog farming and asthma prevalence. The study was terminated before completion.
Year
2013
Area of Survey Study

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.
Year
2013
Area of Survey Study

First Destinations 2013-14

This web-based survey was administered to all University of Virginia graduates in the Class of 2014 from the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The purpose of the survey was to get a sense of UVa graduates` plans after graduation, and what academic experiences and resources they had during their time at UVa.
Year
2013
Area of Survey Study

LC Equine Event Surveys

The 2013 Loudoun County Equine Event Survey was conducted between March and November of 2013 by CSR in cooperation with the Loudoun County Equine Alliance (LCEA). The data at one event were collected by volunteers trained by CSR and in the other eleven instances by trained, paid CSR staff. Interviewers asked event attendees to fill out surveys with their estimated expenditures and related data for that event. Interviewing was randomized among event participants, spectators, vendors and attendees and was conducted on-site during the event. There were 609 completed surveys.
Year
2013
Area of Survey Study

Blood Donor Education Forms Development--Gay Wehrli

The purpose of the study iwas to evaluate educational materials provided to people who go to a blood center to donate blood. The funding for this project came from America`s Blood Centers, a network of community blood donation centers. CSR assisted by conducting a focus group and on-on-one interviews with Charlottesville residents who had not given blood in the past.
Year
2013
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
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
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
Roanoke Higher Education Center Needs Assessment Educational Research No Yes Yes No 2014
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

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
Area of Survey Study

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.
Year
2014
Area of Survey Study

VDH Dental Care Access

Telephone survey of Virginia residents inquiring about their oral health. The purpose of the survey was to assess respondents` access to oral health care and to identify the barriers that may exist between respondents and necessary oral health care.
Year
2014
Area of Survey Study

Asthma in Rural NC--Leland Stillman

This was a mail-out survey asking residents if they had been diagnosed with asthma. A sample of respondents to the survey was to be asked to participate in a home visit that included a spirometry (lung capacity) breath test. The goal was to determine if there was a correlation between living in proximity to large-scale hog farming and asthma prevalence. The study was terminated before completion.
Year
2013
Area of Survey Study

Blood Donor Education Forms Development--Gay Wehrli

The purpose of the study iwas to evaluate educational materials provided to people who go to a blood center to donate blood. The funding for this project came from America`s Blood Centers, a network of community blood donation centers. CSR assisted by conducting a focus group and on-on-one interviews with Charlottesville residents who had not given blood in the past.
Year
2013
Area of Survey Study

Clinical Trial Awareness Questionnaire

Consulted wth the UVa Cancer Center Minority RecruitmentTask Force on a draft questionnaire regarding awareness of clinical trials in the Charlottesville area. The instrument was intended for use at community outreach events.
Year
2013
Area of Survey Study

Congressional Performance Survey of Policy Experts

The survey was conducted on behalf of a public policy professor at the Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership. The researcher was interested in the view of professionals in the public policy field on how well Congress performs a variety of problem-solving tasks. CSR collaborated with Professor Patashnik and a graduate student assistant to program and distribute the survey using Qualtrics software licensed to CSR.
Year
2013
Area of Survey Study

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
Area of Survey Study

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.)
Year
2013
Area of Survey Study