Methodological Research

Why does America vote as it does?

How do Americans really think and feel about topics like politics, health, work, school, retirement, and other subjects? The American National Election Studies (ANES) explored these issues as part...

Pragmatic trials: What works in the real world?

Traditional clinical trials have helped scientists find effective treatments and patient care practices. However, the results of clinical trials often apply to only a small group of people because...

What's the accumulated cancer risk from where you've lived?

The environment in which one lives can affect the risk of developing cancer. Risks and exposures vary by region and by neighborhood. Epidemiologists concerned with describing the totality 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...

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...

Finding measures of effective teaching

In 2009, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a new project to find ways to fairly and effectively evaluate teachers and identify what effective teaching is. The Measures...