Staff members of the Survey Research Center are available to meet with students, faculty, and administrators who are planning to conduct survey research projects. At the design stage, this requires consideration of alternative study plans, definition of a study population, selection of appropriate sampling methods and data collection techniques, and design of survey questionnaires and data analysis plans. For projects that require large-scale data collection or specific expertise, the SRC can connect researchers to a network of on-campus and off-campus resources that offer specialized capabilities such as high-volume printing and mailing, large-scale telephone interviewing, or respondent locating for longitudinal studies.
The Associate Director of the SRC teaches a graduate seminar on survey research methods at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (593 E). The course teaches state-of-the-art survey methods and covers topics such as the use and misuse of survey methods, sources of error in survey design and analysis, questionnaire development and testing, data collection techniques, coding and data processing, experimental design, and ethical issues in survey research. The course also focuses on survey designs for policy evaluation studies and public opinion research.
We regularly invite Princeton area survey researchers as well as scholars from other institutions to give public lectures on their work.
For survey projects conducted at the Center, the SRC provides web survey programming, project management, telephone and field interviewer training and supervision, assistance with data processing, and calculation of sample weights. For survey projects that are subcontracted to outside firms, the SRC provides off-site project monitoring, interviewer training, and assistance with data processing and analysis. Students are encouraged to use the SRC’s 12-station telephone calling center and our Qualtrics® web survey utility for conducting their own data collection projects.