Carnegie Mellon University

Survey Resource Center

Institutional Research and Analysis is now providing survey research and design support for undergraduate and graduate students.

Contact Institutional Research and Analysis to schedule a consultation.

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.