Survey Research Laboratory

Social Science Research Center

Mississippi State University


The Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) at Mississippi State University's Social Science Research Center has been conducting scientifically-based survey research for over 30 years. Using local, state, and national samples, the laboratory has collected data for over 600 research projects. The surveys cover a broad range of research topics including: healthcare, education, behavioral risk factors, children's wellbeing, vocational rehabilitation, watershed management, disaster response, and the state of the economy. Past clients include: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Mississippi State University, the SRL also conducts the only scientifically-based public issues survey in the state of Mississippi: The Mississippi Poll.

Survey Research Lab Services

The Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) conducts telephone, online, mail, and multi-mode surveys. Since 1982, the laboratory has collected data for over 600 surveys using local, state, and national samples. These surveys have covered a broad range of research topics including health care, vocational rehabilitation, children's well-being, alcohol and tobacco use, land management, and political climate.

Phone Based Data Collection:

General population studies assess a representative sample of households in your target area, from a few counties to nation-wide. Usually conducted by phone, these studies can be tailored to provide data from a sample meeting any set of characteristics (eg: only households with children, adults in certain age groups, or families in rural areas).

What you recieve from SRL:

  • Clean, labeled dataset in the format of your choice
  • Frequency report of results for each survey item
  • Optional data weighting, ensuring the generalizability of your results
  • A copy of the final survey instrument
  • Full methods report for use in publications and manuscripts
  • Disposition report including response rates

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Specific population studies collect information from a set group of individuals (eg: professionals in a certain field, users of a certain service) rather than a representative sample of the entire population. These studies are highly customizable and may be conducted by phone during business or evening hours.

What you recieve from SRL:

  • Clean, labeled dataset in the format of your choice
  • Frequency report of results for each survey item
  • A copy of the final survey instrument
  • Full methods report for use in publications and manuscripts
  • Disposition report including response rates

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Other Modes of Data Collection:

Web based studies offer a high degree of flexibility in survey design. Our web survey service is a cost-effective way to reach very large specific populations (such as all students in a university). Quota sampling is also available using respondents from web panels.

What you recieve from SRL:

  • Clean, labeled dataset in the format of your choice
  • Frequency report of results for each survey item
  • A copy of the final survey instrument
  • Full methods report for use in publications and manuscripts
  • Optional data weighting for studies using quota sampling techniques

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The SRL can also offer custom packages tailored to the requirements of your study. Features available for custom projects include:

  • Mixed modes studies, including any combination of mail/hard copy, phone, and web instruments
  • Data entry or coding for previously collected hard copy data
  • Detailed results reports including statistical analyses
  • Survey instrument optimization
  • Custom options for surveys requiring highly detailed, open ended responses

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Our Facility

Call Center
For telephone-based surveys, the SRL utilizes a state-of-the-art call center with 30 call stations, each equipped with the latest computer hardware and survey software. The call center employs the WinCATI data collection platform by Sawtooth Technologies, a leading developer of computer assisted telephone interviewing survey research software.

Staff
The SRL is staffed by two research scientists, several research assistants, and over 40 telephone interviewers. All the telephone interviewers are trained in survey interviewing and certified by Mississippi State University's Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB).

Capability
At maximum capacity, the SRL can collect data for over 5,000 completed telephone based surveys per month. Quality control of the data collected by the survey interviewers is maintained through targeted video and audio monitoring of each call station. For web based surveys, the laboratory's dedicated HP BladeT server can easily process over 10,000 completed surveys per day.

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Survey Research Laboratory
Social Science Research Center
1 Research Blvd. Suite 103
Mississippi State, MS 39762
MSUsrl82@gmail.com
662.325.7799