Closure of the Survey Reseach Lab

RSP regrets to announce that effective June 30, 2018, the Survey Research Lab (SRL) will be closing. The SRL, Debi Elliott, and her team have done high quality work for many PSU researchers and community partners since 1995. The decision to close the SRL was not an easy one. Using input from a recent survey of researchers on campus and an analysis of the SRL’s financial history and forecasts, RSP determined that it is no longer able to financially support the SRL operations.

We realize that this decision will pose challenges for many of you. We have made efforts to ease the transition, though we realize that we have not nor cannot make the transition painless. The SRL will finish out any existing, contracted projects, and those PIs have already been contacted. If new projects do not include Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), the Regional Research Institute for Human Services (RRI), part of the School of Social Work, may be able to help. If you want to pursue that possibility with a funded project or proposal to secure funding, you can contact either Debi Elliott or Mary Oschwald, RRI Director. Debi will continue to work on a limited time basis for RRI.

If this option does not work for you, we recommend contacting the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) at Washington State University. The SESRC has extensive survey and other research capabilities, including CATI. We have spoken with their director, Dr. Lena Le, and she is enthusiastic about working with PSU PIs on their projects and proposals. You can contact her directly (lena.le@wsu.edu) or complete the contact form on their website (sesrc.wsu.edu). They can usually provide a cost estimate within days.

We realize that this decision comes in the middle of proposals. If you have a proposal under review that included the SRL that gets funded, we will waive the PSU F&A charges on contracts to SESRC (or another outside survey firm). If you use this option, please work with your DRA to complete the F&A waiver form, so we have a record of the waiver. Depending on the source of the funds you are using for a project with the SESRC and the timing of the project, there are different contracting options and overhead rates that they can discuss with you.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email Interim Vice President for Research, Jennifer Dill. Over the next year, we anticipate that the incoming Vice President of Research, Mark McLellan, will be looking carefully at what services and support we can provide PSU researchers, given our resource constraints. We will share with him whatever input and comments you provide. We also want to take this time to thank Debi and her team, including Amber Johnson, Tiffany Conklin, and Vicki Mazzone, for their dedication and assistance during this transition.