VUMC Epidemiology Survey Research Shared Resource

Overview of Services

Survey Research Shared Resource (SRSR) Overview

 The Survey Research Shared Resource (SRSR) offers a wide range of research services available to support investigators at Vanderbilt University needing to conduct survey research. The SRSR provides services to Vanderbilt investigators related to the development and implementation of telephone, web and mixed-mode surveys. The SRSR operates a telephone Survey Room with 15 workstations, which are open 7 days a week with shifts spanning both days and evenings. The SRSR is committed to the precise and excellent collection of survey data according to specialized research protocols. 


Services Provided

Assistance is available for all phases of survey research including survey design, sample selection, questionnaire construction, data collection and reduction, and the reporting of results. Specific services provided include the following:

  • Survey Design and Consultation
  • Project Planning
  • Development and Pretesting of Instruments
  • Development of Project Materials
  • Implementation of Survey Research Protocols
  • Project Management
  • Interviewer Training and Certification
  • Recruitment of Participants and Informed Consent
  • Telephone Interviewing
  • Tracing and Location of Participants
  • Management and Production of Mailing and Study Material Distribution
  • Web Surveys
  • Editing and Coding
  • Data Entry
  • Reporting


Survey Technology

The SRSR utilizes the Voxco Command Center, a state-of-the-art centralized control system for multi and mixed-mode surveying and data collection, including Computer-Assisted-Telephone-Interviewing (CATI) and Computer-Assisted-Web-Interviewing (CAWI). For CATI surveys, the system employs full telephony integration that includes dialing and audio/visual monitoring of calls.


Inquiry Information

At this time, the SRSR can only consider accepting projects with a minimum of 250 surveys per year. For projects smaller than 250 per year, the SRSR can provide consultation services to your research team. Study consultations are available to discuss the needs of your project.



Martha Shrubsole, PhD, Core Director

John White, Core Manager

General Questions:

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 9 pm      

Saturday, 10 am - 8 pm

Sunday, 3 pm - 8 pm

2525 West End, Suite 800

Links and Resources

SRSR Website
Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO)
American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)
Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO)
Survey Methods of the American Statistical Association


Billing Number Activation

 VUMC Investigators with VUMC center numbers:
  All VUMC billing numbers are activated in iLab via a nightly feed from Workday. Grant Worktags are auto-assigned to the PI's lab group. All other funds (Cost Centers, Gift or Program Worktags) must be claimed within the PI's Lab Group.
 VU Investigators with VU CoA or POET numbers:
  VU users will manage the VU billing numbers via the webform on the VUMC Office of Research website
 Vanderbilt Investigators with VA (Veteran Affairs) funding: 
  Contact the VUMC Office of Research at to request access to your VA funding.  All investigators with VA funding are assigned a VA billing number (999999xxxx). The VUMC Office of Research manages VA billing numbers in coordination with the VA Research Administration.