Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) Policy
Under contract to the U.S. Department of Defense, Westat conducted a study of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy, a law that bars openly gay soldiers from serving in the military. The project surveyed nearly half a million military members (active-duty personnel and reservists at all ranks) and military spouses for their views on the impact of possible DADT repeal on military recruitment, retention, effectiveness, and unit cohesion.
Supporting the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI)
Westat is a prime contractor for a task order contract supporting the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI). We conduct studies and surveys of soldiers and family members and analyze data on the effectiveness of new Army policies, including deployment policies.
2009 Survey of Army Families (SAF) VI
Working for the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC), Westat planned and will conduct the 2009 Survey of Army Families (SAF) VI. This is the sixth Army-wide survey of the non-military spouses of Active Army soldiers. The types of information to be collected by the SAF include spouses' attitudes about the Army way of life and areas important for the well-being of Army families. These include housing and community assessment; status of paid employment and volunteer work; family status, child care, and health care; assessment of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Programs and installation services; experiences with family relocation and separation; family readiness for deployments' and military member career plans.