Participate in Studies or Surveys
Has Westat asked you or a family member to take part in a survey or study?
We conduct many research studies on behalf of local, state, and Federal Government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Your role is important. By participating in a study, you can contribute to improving health care, safety standards, and education across our nation and around the world.
Do you have questions about a particular study?
Each study’s set of rules is different. Please call the phone number you were given in your recruitment package.
Frequently asked questions about participating in research studies
Westat conducts a wide range of research studies. Most include surveys or interviews that ask questions about behaviors, attitudes, or opinions related to a specific topic. Browse around the rest of our web site to get an idea of the range of topics our research studies cover.
You would help us make sure the survey questions or other materials we develop for our research studies are easy to understand. We usually need volunteers to participate in an individual interview or a focus group.
Most projects provide money or gift cards for participation. The amounts are different depending on the type of project.
The information needed from participants varies from study to study. We typically ask for your name, age, gender, race/ethnicity, and level of education. In addition, we may need to ask questions to determine if you are eligible for the study (e.g., are you a smoker?). Finally, we will ask for contact information so that we can follow up with you.
Not necessarily. We have a limited number of slots for each research study.
No. You always have the choice to not participate. All of our studies are voluntary.
We need people to test materials
Westat maintains a database of people who would like to participate in focus groups and individual interviews to help us evaluate new survey questions and other study materials.
What if I have more questions?
If you have questions or comments, please contact us at ResearchParticipants@westat.com.