SRD provided exemplary support under a challenging project schedule that had time constraints but with multiple postponements of the start date. In spite of the delays, our deadlines were met and the data quality was excellent. This was a tough project, and we couldn't have done it without SRD's services.
-Mike Crandall, Chair and Senior Lecturer
Master of Science in Information Management Program, University of Washington
The Survey Research Division is part of the Social Development Research Group (SDRG) in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
SDRG is a nationally recognized, interdisciplinary team of researchers united in the mission to understand and promote healthy behaviors and positive social development among children, adolescents, and young adults.
The SRD is equipped with an Integrated Data Collection System (IDCS) that supports telephone, web, mail, and field interviews and an optical scanning facility. The IDCS is a state-of-the-art computerized data collection system designed to support SDRG and other health and social science researchers. It offers researchers a variety of survey modes that can be used alone or in combination to collect high quality survey data while minimizing survey cost.
The IDCS utilizes software and hardware solutions that are fully integrated, flexible, and efficient. The core elements of the IDCS are a central data server utilizing MS SQL Server to store and provide data to users and other applications in the system; sample management and sample tracking systems; computer-assisted telephone interviewing operations; web survey operations; field interview operations; and optical scanning operations.
SDRG and the SRD operate on a local area network. Information technology staff employ a tape backup rotation system to ensure that all data is backed up nightly. Tapes are archived monthly and stored in a secure off-site location. Servers and desktops are protected by anti-virus and security patch installation systems, strong user rights and password policies, a firewall, and restricted access to the physical office suites. Web server data is protected by SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. Clear policies and procedures are in place regarding the handling of confidential data. SRD is committed to protecting survey data wherever it resides.