American Family Children's Hospital

Project Development


The Survey Research Shared Resource (SRSR) provides consultation services in survey design and fosters collaborative relationships with faculty and staff. 

Project investigators first meet with our staff to discuss: 

  • Project aims
  • Study design
  • Sample selection and case ascertainment
  • Institutional Review Board applications
  • Budget including possibility of using incentives

During the consultation phase, SRSR staff determine whether the client is best served by utilizing SRSR data collection services or University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) data collection services based on the data collection demands of the project. For very large projects or projects with specialized technical requirements beyond the services provided by the SRSR, SRSR creates a seamless transition between SRSR project development services to UWSC data collection services.

Questionnaire Design

After the initial meeting, SRSR provides support regarding:

  • Questionnaire design
  • Pilot testing
  • Reliability
  • Validity sub-studies

SRSS offers many types of data collection including mailed, internet-based and telephone surveys. Staff assists investigators in the content and layout of the selected survey type.


The SRSS, as standard policy, encourages investigators to use existing scales, items and instruments with proven validity and/or reliability. We have extensive experience using a large number of such instruments, including items drawn from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the Cancer Control Supplement to the NHIS, the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, the Block and Harvard food frequency questionnaires and the SF-36.


Project Development services for UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) members are provided at a subsidized rate. Researchers who are not UWCCC members are encouraged to contact the SRSR for a quote. Researchers potentially interested in UWCCC membership are also encouraged to contact Amy Trentham-Dietz, the Faculty Leader of the SRSR.

Contact Facility Manager, Amy Godecker (608) 265-8780, to schedule your initial consultation.

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