Survey Resource Center
Institutional Research and Analysis is now providing survey research and design support for undergraduate and graduate students.
Beginning Thursday, September 1, 2016, an IR and A researcher will be available from 10 AM to 2 PM each Thursday in UTDC 414. For a survey consultation during summer sessions, please make an appointment with our office.
Although our preference is to have students engage in a thorough research process, we will work with students wherever they are in the process, for example:
- discuss how to clarify their research questions
- help them construct survey items to answer their research questions, giving attention to instructions, item wording, measurement properties of response sets, and item order;
or review an existing survey instrument, including instructions, item wording, measurement properties of response sets, and item order
- explain how to test survey items and revise them when necessary
- share best practices for survey administration and maintaining respondent confidentiality
- provide guidance for analyzing collected data
- show examples of reporting results and findings
We will supplement the in-person support with a series of very brief, detailed, single-topic handouts.
We believe the Survey Resource Center could be particularly valuable for students who choose to use surveys for course projects/theses/dissertations, but who have not had instruction on how to measure attitudes, perceptions, behaviors, etc.; how to create good instruments; or how to test survey items.
We will also provide support to students who want to do surveys outside of coursework, for example, related to a student organization, a residence hall, student government, or for their personal interest.