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

Understanding Vietnam veterans' health

To better understand and meet the health needs of veterans who served during the Vietnam era (the early 1960s to the mid-1970s), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...

Using CARE in coping with Alzheimer's

Caregivers’ Reactions and Experience (CARE) is a supplemental substudy of the Imaging Dementia—Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study, which began recruiting over 18,000 Medicare beneficiaries in March 2016. CARE...

Using data to evaluate program effectiveness

An educational foundation of a large association has been championing a national program for high school students for over 15 years. The foundation decided to update its set of...

Using mobile devices for surveys

The National Science Foundation has provided a grant to Westat to examine 3 issues related to conducting surveys using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Can study respondents...

Veterans' exposure to burn pit emissions

At sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military burned its waste in open pits. The smoke contained pollutants that may have short- and long-term health effects in certain cases...

What stops veterans' access to mental health services?

Following the large number of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the incidence of mental health disorders has increased among veterans. These disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance...

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