Survey Research Unit

Survey Research Unit

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​Formally designated as a UAB Service Center, the Survey Research Unit (SRU) conducts approximately 40,000 surveys annually for UAB investigators, local and state health departments (Alabama and other states), and other state and national agencies.  Services include technical assistance in survey design and sampling methods, provision of computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI), and field survey research.
 
With 55 CATI stations, 4 supervisor stations, and a trained, HIPPA- and IRB-certified staff of 60 to 80 interviewers at any given time, the SRU is equipped to conduct large scale computer-assisted telephone surveys. Supervisor stations have the ability to monitor telephone calls and view computer entries made by interviewers for quality control.  All stations are connected to the main server which houses the survey software (Sawtooth/Ci3) and CATI system. All stations have back-up power supplies and are password protected.
 
The SRU also provides services for completing surveys in- person, by mail or fax, and offers data entry services.  SRU also has a state-of-the-art system to conduct web-based surveys and create survey instruments that can be scanned.  
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