An initial consultation is the first step for investigators interested in using Survey Research Center services. Consultations are available at no charge to Mayo Clinic researchers.
Consultations may include advising and discussion about:
To schedule a consultation, contact the Survey Research Center.
Writing effective survey questions is both an art and a science. Working closely with each investigator, the Survey Research Center crafts a survey instrument that takes into account:
Before fielding a survey to the full sample, the Survey Research Center can ensure its scientific integrity by testing questions on a small subsample. This can be done using qualitative methods, such as focus groups or in-depth interviews; quantitative methods, such as statistical item analysis; or both.
As needed, the Survey Research Center can help write effective cover letters or telephone scripts. Questionnaires can be formatted as paper booklets or scannable forms or for access via the Internet. Survey Research Center staff members are also knowledgeable about instruments in the public domain that have been proved valid and reliable and from which investigators can draw questions.
The center is equipped to implement several types of surveys:
In collaboration with statisticians in the Mayo Clinic Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, the Survey Research Center can develop an appropriate sampling strategy that's tailored to the investigator's specific research questions. Strategies include random sampling, stratified sampling of list-based frames, cluster sampling or other more-complex designs.
Tracking and locating
Using Web-based information sources and hands-on investigative research methods, the center can help investigators obtain updated telephone numbers and addresses of respondents as well as vital statistics of the survey population. Death certificates can be ordered upon request.
Survey Research Center staff members work with Mayo Clinic Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics staff to provide any statistical analysis services needed by the investigator, including data entry, basic percentage tabulations or complex multivariate statistics.
Presentation of results
As needed, the Survey Research Center can assist investigators in presenting survey results. This can range from a basic statistical report that shows response percentages to a more elaborate narrative report with cross-tabulations, graphs, statistical models and a discussion of the findings. The center can also assist in professional briefings.
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