Survey Research Center
With experience in survey research dating to 1972, the Survey Research Center (SRC) was officially established as a unit of the University of Wyoming in 1989 and has been a key component of WYSAC since 2004. Researchers at the center collect, manage, analyze, and report data to inform planning and funding decisions.
SRC exists to meet the data needs of:
- Federal policy makers
- Local governments
- Non-profit groups
- Private businesses
- State agencies
- University offices, faculty researchers, and student organizations.
SRC facilities include specially designated areas for our call center, our equipment for handling large scale mail surveys, and for our scanning operations. The SRC’s technological infrastructure includes WinCATI software from Sawtooth for computer-aided telephone interviewing, a fully equipped call center with 20 stations, computer servers for hosting internet surveys, and Cardiff Teleform software for creating scannable paper-and-pencil questionnaires with two high-speed Panasonic scanners for processing the returns. For the deployment of online surveys we use Qualtrics, a state of the art web-based software, which secures efficiency and cost effectiveness alongside highest-levels of scientific rigor. Specifically for mail surveys and notification letters, the SRC is equipped with a folding machine for professional presentation of folded documents, an envelope sealer, an envelope opener, as well as an envelope printer for direct database addressing of envelopes to help with error reduction, all of which contribute to increased efficiency of managing high-volume mail surveys.
Through the SRC, WYSAC is a charter member of the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations. SRC also subscribes fully to the Code of Professional Ethics and Practices of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Confidentiality of respondent information is always a top priority.
Currently in the Field
The Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program Evaluation Survey
Since 2005 the SRC has been conducting monthly surveys of participants in the WQTP. Currently enrollees in the program are interviewed at 7 months after enrollment to establish quit rates and satisfaction with the program. The data collected are used by WYSAC’s Center for Health and Education Studies (CHES) to evaluate the success of the program.
The New Mexico Quit Tobacco Program Evaluation Survey
Since February of 2012 the SRC has been conducting monthly surveys of participants in the New Mexico Quit Tobacco program. Participants are interviewed at 7 months after enrollment to establish quit rates and satisfaction with the program. The data collected are used by WYSAC’s Center for Health and Education Studies (CHES) to evaluate the success of the program.
The North Dakota Quit Tobacco Program Evaluation Survey
In February 2013 the SRC started conducting monthly surveys of enrollees in the North Dakota Quit Tobacco Program. Participants are interviewed 7 months after enrollment in the program. Respondents are offered the option to complete the survey online first. Those who choose not to respond on-line are invited to complete the survey during a phone interview.
The Louisiana Adult Tobacco Survey
The SRC is currently in the field with the Louisiana Adult Tobacco survey of 2016. Over 6000 interviews will be conducted on a sample representative of the state. Both land line and cell phone numbers are included in the sample. Interviews are conducted in both English and Spanish. CDC guidelines and protocols for random in-house selection of respondent and call attempts schedule are followed.
New Mexico Tobacco Use Survey
Statewide telephone survey of New Mexico adults regarding tobacco use behaviors, knowledge and opinions. The survey is sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health.
Wyoming Attitudes and Awareness Survey
Statewide telephone survey of Wyoming adults regarding driving behaviors, attitudes and awareness. The survey is sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Highway Safety Division
North Dakota Young Adults Substance Abuse Prevention Survey
Statewide telephone survey of North Dakota young adults regarding substance abuse behaviors, attitudes and awareness. The survey is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Human Services.