Survey Research Center Projects
Carroll County Planning Commission (March – April 2008)
o CATI survey of registered voters assessing knowledge of Carroll County’s comprehensive plan update.
Carroll Tomorrow, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, and Southwire (April – May 2008)
o Conducted screeners and CATI interviews of businesses in Carroll County for the 2008 Existing Industry Survey.
Ambivalence toward Crime Control and Due Process Using SIM (March – May 2008)
o Principal Investigator: Catherine Jenks, Ph.D. RDD CATI survey that examined the conflict citizens encounter regarding crime control and due process. The Similarity-Intensity Model (SIM) for testing attitudinal ambivalence was tested as a viable method via CATI to ascertain the presence and extent of ambivalence among citizens regarding the government providing counsel to criminal defendants who cannot afford an attorney.
2008 Election: Get Out the Vote Phone-A-Thon, Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the EXCEL Center at UWG (October 2008)
o Freshmen political science students placed voting reminder calls to over 1,000 residents in Carroll County the week before the November presidential election as part of the iServe Mentor Program.
Carroll County Perceptions of Water Issues Exploratory Survey (November 2008)
o Principal Investigators: Todd Matthews, Ph.D. and Laurel Holland, Ph.D. Exploratory survey utilizing CATI to examine public perceptions of water issues in Carroll County and support for legislation and taxes to improve water quality and availability.
University of West Georgia Branding Initiative, Wave 1 (March – May 2010)
o Conducted focus groups of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and community members, and developed CATI and Web surveys for UWG Institutional Advancement. Designed and fielded a community/alumni telephone survey, and designed, programmed, and fielded student, faculty, and staff web surveys to measure public opinion about the university as part of a re-branding
University of West Georgia Graduate Enrollment Survey (August – November 2010)
o Developed and fielded web surveys for prospective and current graduate students at the University of West Georgia to ascertain barriers to enrolling in graduate programs offered at the university and develop strategies to overcome those barriers.
West Georgia Area Survey (August – December 2010)
o Principal Investigators: Catherine A. Jenks, Ph.D., Todd Matthews, Ph.D., and Mike Johnson, Ph.D. Inaugural survey of seven west Georgia counties (Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, and Troup) to collect baseline measures of area demographics, social capital, and public opinion on social issues including the environment and crime. This cross-sectional study will serve as the baseline for an annual survey of the area.
Prisoner Re-entry (August – December 2010)
o Principal Investigator: Richard Lemke, Ph.D. Web-based survey of West Georgia community attitudes toward prisoner re-entry.
University of West Georgia Branding Initiative, Wave 2 (Spring 2011)
o Catherine A. Jenks, Ph.D. (PI). Designed and fielded a community/alumni telephone survey, and designed, programmed, and fielded student, faculty, and staff web surveys to measure public opinion about the university as part of a re-branding initiative. Reported scholarly findings to Office of Institutional Advancement.
West Georgia Area Survey – Wave 2 (August – December 2011)
o Principal Investigators: Catherine A. Jenks, Ph.D., Todd Matthews, Ph.D., and Mike Johnson, Ph.D. Second wave survey of seven west Georgia counties (Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, and Troup) to collect follow-up measures of area demographics, social capital, and public opinion on social issues including civility, religion, and crime.
UWG Controller’s Office Travel Survey (Spring 2012)
o Designed and programmed a web based questionnaire about faculty and staff travel habits to inform a request for proposals for a new travel agency contract with the university. Reported findings to Office of the Controller.
UWG Ingram Library Satisfaction Survey (Fall 2012)
o Designed, programmed, and fielded questionnaire about library patron usage and satisfaction. Engaged in efforts to increase response rate. Conducted preliminary and data analysis and generated reports.
UWG ADVANCE-IT Catalyst Project (2012-2014)
o National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to assess campus culture and climate and work-life balance as they relate to the lack of recruitment, retention, and promotion of female faculty in STEM and social science disciplines.
Dr. Lisa Gezon, Chair of Department of Anthropology, University of West Georgia (2007)
o Consulted on questionnaire codebook creation and data analysis on Dr. Gezon’s National Science Foundation grant-funded project, Commodity Chains and Land Use in Northern Madagascar, in which she conducted surveys of residents of Madagascar.
Murphy Center for Public Service at the University of West Georgia (March 2008)
o Offered sample design advice and services for RDD public opinion survey assessing public support in Georgia for state legislative modifications including longer legislative sessions and legislative term limits. Study Principal Investigator: Stanley Caress, Ph.D.
Dr. Kadir Yalcin (Spring 2011)
o Consulted on Dr. Yalcin’s survey project on investor behavior.
UWG ITS – Kathy Kral – (Spring 2011)
o Consulted on the design of the questionnaire used ITS annual employee survey.
Drs. Don Rice, Chair of Department of Psychology, and Lisa Gezon, Department of Anthropology, University of West Georgia (2011)
o Consulted on project and questionnaire design to include cognitive interviews to assist in the development and testing of original questionnaire items.