Research and evaluation
Our survey research program uses the latest interview and field data collection methodologies on a variety of projects, not only for Wayne State faculty and departments, but also for government departments, local non-profits, and community-based participatory research.
The unit engages in a variety of data collection techniques, including computer assisted telephone interviews (CATI), computer assisted self-administered interviews, community-based in-person interviews, focus groups, mail surveys, and web-based surveys. The unit has the capability to implement any and all phases of a project, from design and implementation to production of computerized data files and data analysis.
The unit employs 30 full-and part-time telephone interviewers with a full-time supervisor and computer programmer trained in the newest software programs. 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 evaluation research program conducts program evaluation research for Wayne State researchers, government departments, and community organizations.
The evaluations conducted by the unit are methodologically rigorous and in keeping with state-of-the-art evaluation practice. Evaluations utilize responsive, culturally sensitive research 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 range from complete evaluation design and implementation of large multi-site, 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