Research Design & Analysis

Westat is renowned for its research expertise. We are expert in statistical sample design, developing and testing survey instruments, qualitative and quantitative studies, human factors research, and clinical trials management.

Westat's statistical capabilities are the foundation of many of our research projects. Several staff are faculty at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology consortium (external site), which provides doctoral and master's degree programs for statisticians and survey professionals, and conducts innovative research on the statistical and methodological aspects of survey research.

We work closely with our clients to customize our survey and study approaches to align with the goals and scope of each project. Westat designs and analyzes studies for

  • All sizes—from small, specialized field tests to large, nationally representative samples
  • All methods—from qualitative studies to human factors to random sample evaluations
  • All information sources—from administrative records to in-depth interviews