American Family Children's Hospital

Data Collection

Study Management and Coordination


Data management services are available depending on the scope of the project and researcher’s needs.




The C-POD makes several survey options available to researchers, including computer-assisted telephone interviews, mailed self-administered surveys, and internet surveys which can be administered using iPads. 


The C-POD provides initial data processing services which include, but are not limited to, data entry, scanning readable forms, editing and coding survey data, and maintaining scientific quality assurance standards. Data management services are provided based on the scope of the project and researcher needs and include database development and documentation; systematic handling of data collection, tracking and storage; customized tracking and reporting systems (progress reports); links to public data sources; preparation of analysis data sets; and data confidentiality, security, backup and virus protection. 


Focus Groups and Personal Interviews


The C-POD assists with qualitative research by collecting data via focus groups and in-person interviews. Additionally, the C-POD provides qualitative data analysis.


Biological Specimen Collection


The C-POD also provides services in the identification, collection, tracking and storage of biological specimens from participants in survey studies. C-POD personnel have experience with collection of medical records as well as buccal/saliva samples, tumor tissue slides and blocks, urine, dried blood cards and blood (serum, plasma) samples. The C-POD coordinates with other campus groups for sample handling and disposition, including the Office of Clinical Trials, State Laboratory of Hygiene and the Cancer Pharmacology Core Shared Resource, and the Translational Science BioCore Shared Resource.




Project costs are calculated at an hourly rate. Data collection services are charged to UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) members at a subsidized rate.


Direct costs are passed on to the researcher for services, such as for printing surveys, which C-POD outsources to UW Printing Services.


The C-POD has developed a strong partnership with the University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) that has produced great benefits for UWCCC members engaged in cancer survey research. Small projects can be customized and completed more economically by C-POD, whereas large projects can take advantage of the resources available within the UW Survey Center. For large projects, C-POD creates a seamless transition between C-POD project development services to UW Survey Center data collection services.