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Survey Research Unit

A formally designated UAB Service Center, the SRU works with investigators from across the campus as well as state and national groups. Services include technical assistance in survey design and sampling methods, provision of computer assisted telephone survey interviews, and field survey research. With 40 Cati stations, 4 supervisor stations and a trained , IRB certified, staff of 80-100 at any given time, the SRU is equipped to conduct large scale computer assisted telephone surveys. Supervisor stations have the ability to monitor telephone calls and view the computer entries made by the interviewers for quality control. All stations are connected to the main server which houses the survey software (Sawtooth/Ci3) and Cati system. All stations have back up power supplies and are password protected. The SRU also provides services for completing surveys in- person, by mail or fax and offers data entry services. Last year, a state of the art system was put in place to conduct web based surveys and create survey instruments that can be scanned. In addition, salaried positions for doctoral students have been established to assist users with data analysis and manuscript preparation.



  • Our mission is to provide scientifically valid survey results for our clients to reach their research goals and objectives.

  • We aim to be the UAB community’s first choice for survey research services.

  • Our research has been published in peer reviewed journals and used in presentations and posters for scientific conferences.

  • A cost estimate is available upon request at no charge.


Please Contact:
Paul Wolff
Phone: (205)975-8050




The Survey Research Unit (SRU) provides professional assistance to our clients through all stages of survey research:

  • Data collection
  • Data entry
  • Survey design
  • Pilot testing
  • Sample selection
  • Grant support
  • Program evaluation
  • Project management
  • Reporting and presenting

The SRU assists clients in selecting the most appropriate and cost-effective data collection methods based upon their individual research needs.




Located in the 912 Building on 18th Avenue South

Our staff combines a broad knowledge of advanced survey methodology with extensive experience in project management to offer the following services:

  • Computer-Assisted
    Telephone Interviewing
  • Face-to-Face Surveys
  • Field Surveys
  • Mail Surveys
  • Fax Surveys
  • Web-based Surveys Focus Groups

40-station CATI facility

  • 60 interviewers
  • Supervised & Monitored
  • Voice recording




The SRU has completed over 300,000 interviews for more than 70 projects.

Published finding examples:

  • Higher rates of pre-hypertension with heavy alcohol consumption
  • Stroke survivors have higher rates of unrecognized hypertension and diabetes
  • Although vaginal douching my cause reproductive health problems 90% of current users have no intention to quit
  • Prevalence of lactose intolerance is higher among African Americans
  • Hypertension rates increase with higher serum PCB levels
  • In Alabama 31.6% are obese, 36.6% overweight, and 31.8% normal
  • In Alabama 22.5% are current smokers
  • In Alabama 12.3% have diabetes

We can help you answer life’s most elusive questions!