Information Systems

We emphasize technological accessibility, usable interfaces, comprehensive testing and certification, data security and confidentiality, and user support and training.

Improving research through systems that fit clients’ needs

Areas of Innovation

  • Multimode survey management and support, consolidating data from CATI, CAPI, IVR, mobile, and other sources for case management and reporting, as well as building custom extensions to support large and complex surveys, and ACASI featuring text-to-speech capabilities
  • Mobile technology in support of data collection that improves data quality and increases operational efficiencies
  • Web-based survey management applications to message participants that support secure communications
  • Virtualization and cloud computing environments, including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS
  • Big data management, including GPS coordinate management, and primary sampling unit graphical editors, visualization tools, and dashboards
  • Cross-platform capabilities, including iOS, Android, Windows 8.1, Cordova, Mono, and Sencha
  • Adaptive and responsive web sites using jQuery, HTML5, and CSS3
  • Collaboration and communications solutions to coordinate team activities
  • Video capture, processing, and storage systems integrated through cloud-based services
  • Strong support of open-source applications, development tools, and platforms, including Drupal, FusionForge, PHP, Java, and Apache
  • GPS technologies and geospatial systems for collecting, analyzing, visualizing, and reporting data

Blaise® Distribution & Training

Blaise is a powerful computer-assisted interviewing (CAI) system and survey processing tool, exclusively supported in North and South America by Westat. It is scalable to the needs of large-scale surveys…

WesVar® Support

WesVar uses the robust and flexible approach of replication variance estimation for analysis of complex survey data.

Custom Solutions & Support

Westat creates IT solutions for all sectors of survey research as we continue to pioneer and test new approaches. While off-the-shelf technology has its practicality, long-term performance issues…

Data Security & Confidentiality

Data security and confidentiality go hand in hand at Westat. Federal privacy laws require it and respondents are promised it. We have perfected a process that reduces the risk…