Survey & Evaluation Research Laboratory

A division of the L. Douglas Wilder School of government and Public affairs
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Capabilities

We provide research and evaluation services to state and local government agencies, nonprofits, and academic units. Our researchers are trained in methodologies for the social and behavioral sciences and have extensive experience in field research. Our senior staff provide expertise in evaluation methods including survey design and execution, interviewing, and both quantitative and qualitative analysis. We will work with you to design the best methods of data collection and sampling strategies for your study.

 

Research and Field Capabilities

  • Developing research plans
  • Creating research tools (i.e., databases, survey instruments)
  • Sampling and weighting
  • Survey design and implementation (telephone, mail, internet, and face-to-face)
  • Focus groups
  • Cognitive interviewing
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Panels
  • Recruitment, design, facilitation, recording, transcription, and analysis of interviews and focus groups
  • Mixed methods approach
  • Literature reviews

Database Management Capabilities

  • Design and build databases to meet specific needs of research partner
  • Database maintenance
  • Data reporting
  • Data management
  • Quality assurance data assessments
  • Web-based data entry systems
  • Web-based reporting systems

Evaluation Capabilities

  • Process and impact evaluations
  • Development of program evaluation plans
  • Mixed methods approach
  • Qualitative and quantitative analyses
  • Program measurements, monitoring, and impact assessments
  • Literature reviews
  • Focus groups
  • Logic modeling
  • Guidance mapping (purposeful program theory)
  • Development of all evaluation tools
  • Recruitment, design, facilitation, recording, transcription, and analysis of one-on-one interviews and focus groups
  • In-person or telephone interviews
  • Formative and summative reporting

Deliverables

  • Clean and fully documented data sets
  • Methodology statements
  • Transcripts
  • Frequency tables
  • Training manuals
  • Databases
  • PowerPoint presentations on major finding highlights
  • Research Summary Report (highlights major findings of the project, survey methodology, final disposition for all cases, response rate, questionnaire content, frequency tables on all survey items, and a list of verbatim responses)
  • Full Research Report (includes all aspects of Research Summary report plus, frequency tables of all question items for each survey, cross-tabulations of survey items by demographic variables (or other variables) that have been selected by the client and a written interpretation of these tables, qualitative analyses on open ended/other specific questions

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