What We Do
Our staff has extensive expertise to provide support for survey design and data collection. Visit our recent projects page to view our skills and services at work. For more information on these services and everything we offer at the SRC, please contact us.
We serve the Penn State research community by providing high quality survey research services to faculty, graduate students, and institutional investigators.
Proposal and Design Support
We assist researchers in estimating the costs of data collection, making recommendations for the most cost effective research designs, and providing formal budget estimates that become part of proposals for external funding. We also provide pre-proposal consulting on issues related to questionnaire design, mode of data collection, and sampling strategies.
Research in many discipines can be enhanced by the use of cutting-edge survey research methods. We promote such knowledge through direct engagement with research staff, through occasional short courses, and through the Graduate Certificate Program in Survey Research Methods. We also host student interns and employ undergraduate and graduate students, providing supervised experience that can serve as a pathway to careers in the growing survey research field.
The SRC provides high-quality survey research services to researchers, faculty, graduate students, and administrative units at Penn State. We are a scientific center that focuses on four areas of services:
Providing data collection services
Helping faculty and student investigators prepare effective proposals for external funding
Educating members of the Penn State community on best practices and emerging developments in the survey research field
Promoting and contributing to the science of survey research methodology