What We Do
The Survey Research Center Associate Director regularly meets with faculty
members and University administrators who are planning or conducting survey
projects. At the design stage, this requires consideration of alternative study
plans, definition of the study population, selection of appropriate sampling
data collection techniques, and design of the analysis plan. Faculty members
are advised on managing projects conducted through the Survey Research Center and soliciting bids from survey research firms for
conducting large-scale surveys.
The Associate Director of the SRC teaches a graduate seminar on survey research
methods at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (593 E). The course
teaches state-of-the-art survey methods and covers topics such as the use and
misuse of survey methods, sources of error in survey design and analysis,
questionnaire development and testing, data collection techniques, coding and
data processing, experimental design, and ethical issues in survey research.
The course also focuses on survey designs for policy evaluation studies and
public opinion research.
We regularly invite Princeton area survey
researchers as well as scholars from other institutions to give public lectures
on their work.
The SRC provides project management resources for faculty and students. For
survey projects that are conducted at the Center, the SRC provides web survey
programming, project management, interviewer supervision, and assistance
with data processing and calculation of sample weights. For survey projects
that are subcontracted to outside firms, the SRC provides off-site project
monitoring, interviewer training, and assistance with data processing and
The SRC provides guidance and resources for
students who are completing senior theses, junior papers, or dissertations.
Students are encouraged to use the telephone center and the SRC's web survey tools for conducting their own
data collection projects.