Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Each of our four research practice areas is led by a Vice President who has a PhD, peer-reviewed journal articles and/or government-approved reports, and more than 20 years of experience managing projects within their respective area of expertise. Our practice areas include:

All practice areas are also supported by our two research centers:

Survey Research Center

  • 25 CATI (computer-assisted telephone interviewing) stations
    • Focus group and cognitive monitoring facility
      • Training lab
        • Interviewer training
          • Economic experiments
            • Key technical elements
              • Customizable survey solutions to meet complex data collection requirements and performance standards
              • Information security and physical safeguards comply with all applicable laws and regulations for the secure handling of federal data, including personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI)
              • Real-time video/audio equipment is used to support recording and archiving of data collection activities
              • Broadcasting allows for the control of multiple camera feeds
              • Additional apps are employed to facilitate real-time interaction such as voting or instant messaging

              Statistical and Geospatial Innovation Center

              • Advanced analytics are utilized to solve complex problems that require big data mining and modeling, simulation, spatial analysis and visualization, implementation of alternative estimation strategies for complex statistical models, merging large and diverse administrative databases, and creating applications for GIS
                • High-performance computing resources that support various approaches to parallelization, including harnessing the structure of Graphical Processing Units (GPUs)
                  • Analytic resources for clients requiring especially complex merges and model estimations, or desiring to add value to their existing data via spatial relationships