Surveys, Questionnaires & Interviews

Gathering high-quality data about any topic begins with a survey that is well designed and easy to understand. We extensively pretest survey instruments using evaluation methods that include expert review, cognitive testing, and a variety of techniques to assess usability. If a survey includes respondents who speak a variety of languages, our translation process ensures the materials accurately capture the intended meaning.

Project Highlights

Improving how disability is evaluated

When servicemembers are unable to return to work due to sickness or injury, the military uses its Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) to determine their fitness for continued service,...

Improving national sexual assault statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has hired Westat to test different methods for collecting self-reports of sexual assault, a crime that has proved difficult to measure in surveys...

Keeping tabs on the health of Californians

Policymakers and researchers need a detailed picture of residents’ health and health care needs to promote policies that improve public health; conduct studies; justify programs that fight health threats...

Measuring the nation's energy use

To be able to plan for future energy demand and improve energy efficiency, energy experts need to know a lot about how U.S. residents are using energy now. First...

NOPUS: Are you buckled up?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration use observational surveys of driver and occupant behavior to encourage vehicle occupants to wear safety belts...

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