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.  

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
PWC Citizen Satisfaction 2009
Overview:
Annual Citizen Satisfaction Survey for Prince William County VA was based on a dual-frame sample that included Random Digit Dialing of landline phones and cell phones. The survey included new questions introduced in 2008 to track changes related to the County's illegal immigration enforcement policy. This year's results showed significant increases in many satisfaction items.
Project ID:
9.03
Client Name:
Mike Hurlocker
Sponsor:
Prince William County
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
Dual-frame telephone sample combining landline RDD and landline cell phone samples. N=1746
Year:
2009
Punjab Women's Empowerment in Agriculture - Sherry Mohsin
Overview:
CSR assisted visiting international student Sherry Mohsin (Durr e Shahwar Mohsin Ul Haq) with data analysis in SPSS and Stata of survey data she collected in Punjab designed to measure womens' empowerment in agriculture. CSR assisted with analysis only and did not charge a fee for this educational work.
Project ID:
19.15
Client Name:
Ms. Mohsin was a visiting international student working with Prof. Rae Blumberg Sociology
Sponsor:
Not funded research
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
Women in several agricultural communities in Punjab. Sampling was carried out by the student researcher.
Survey Mode:
In-person
Year:
2019
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
C-TPAT 2009
Overview:
) U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department of Homeland Security asked the Center for Survey Research at the University of Virginia to conduct a cost-benefit survey of C-TPAT partners. ViaTech Systems Inc. issued a purchase order establishing the Center for Survey Research as a subcontractor to conduct the requested surveys. The first survey was designed to assess overall satisfaction with the C-TPAT program. The second survey included more details regarding implementation and benefits. The final survey was designed to be a cost analysis survey.
Project ID:
8.07
Client Name:
C-TPAT
Sponsor:
ViaTech
Principal Investigators:
Tom Guterbock
Sample:
300 C-TPAT Members
Year:
2007
BioX NSF Proposal 2008
Overview:
CSR assisted faculty researchers and SJSU and UVA to analyze a student survey and student assessment instrument. The purpose was to evalute the impact of a curriculum intervention regarding teaching MEB (Material and Energy Balance) in chemical engineering courses. Students at six colleges participated SJSU Iowa St. University of Tennessee Lafayette UMBC and Texas A&M.
Project ID:
8.32
Client Name:
Erik Fernandez
Principal Investigators:
James Ellis
Sample:
College students in chemical engineering classes at six colleges SJSU Iowa St. University of Tennessee Lafayette UMBC and Texas A&M.
Year:
2008
Rockville MD 08
Overview:
The third iteration of a survey to assess the level of satisfaction of Rockville employees with the internal services offered to them by the various departments of the City government. The original instrument was designed with CSR guidance it has since been editted and is now distributed anonymously by Rockville City staff and returned in sealed envelopes that are sent to CSR for data entry analysis and reporting.
Project ID:
8.09
Client Name:
Linda Moran
Sponsor:
Rockville MD
Principal Investigators:
Robin Bebel
Sample:
Rockville city govt distributed surveys to all employees
Year:
2008
UVa NHTS -- Uva-Specific Travel Survey of Students for VDOT
Overview:
As part of the 2009 Virginia add-on to the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) Virginia Department of Transportation asked CSR to administer the NHTS instrument to U.Va. Students. U.Va. Worked in conjunction with researchers at VCU ODU and Virginia Tech to convert the original telephone instrument to a web survey. The travel diary and study protocol was customized to a University setting. Students (n=1003 at U.Va.) provided trip diary information for randomly pre-assigned travel days allowing analysis of origin destination data. The data will allow transportation modelers to improve transportation models for the college-age population that is normally under-represented in the NHTS in University communities.
Project ID:
8.13
Client Name:
Paul Agnello
Sponsor:
Virginia Department of Transportation
Principal Investigators:
James Ellis
Sample:
Sampling 2500 U.Va. Students
Year:
2008

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