Research and evaluation
Our survey research unit uses the latest data collection techniques and methodologies for both field and lab-based interviewing on a variety of projects, not only for Wayne State faculty and departments, but for government departments, local non-profits, and community-based participatory research as well.
The unit employs up to 40 part-time telephone interviewers, as well as a full-time supervisor and lab manager. Full-time lab staff have experience coding CATI and web-based survey instruments in a wide range of formats including Sensus/WinCATI, Qualtrics, REDCap, and more. The unit can also handle a wide range of projects, from surveying tens of thousands of participants via CATI to conducting one focus group.
The survey research unit engages in a variety of data collection techniques, including computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI), in-person interviews out in the field, focus groups, mail surveys, and web-based surveys. The survey research unit works in all phases of a project, from design and implementation, to data collection, analysis, and reporting.
The evaluation research team conducts program evaluation research for Wayne State researchers, government departments, and community organizations.
The evaluations conducted by the unit are methodologically rigorous and in line with state-of-the-art evaluation practices. Evaluations utilize responsive and culturally sensitive approaches. The staff excels in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and is experienced in the design and implementation of formative/process and summative/outcome evaluation projects.
Services offered by the evaluation research team range from complete evaluation design and implementation of large multi-site and multi-year evaluations, to providing consultation or coaching to organizations preferring to build their internal evaluation capacity. Project management is also available, including management of multiple and simultaneous data collecting and processing activities.
Previous research partners include:
- Legal Aid & Defenders' Association
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- University of Michigan's School of Public Health
- University of Michigan's School of Social Work
- Michigan Department of Education
- The Skillman Foundation
- Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council
- 36th District Court
- U.S. Department of Education
- Detroit Public Schools
- WSU College of Education