The survey research unit gathers primary data through a variety of data collection techniques, providing clients/scholars with state-of-the-art methodologies for their research projects. SRU capabilities include: Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI), Computer Assisted Self-administered Interviews (CASI), community-based in-person interviews, focus groups, and mail surveys.
The unit has the capability to implement any and all phases of a project, from design and implementation to production of computerized data files and data analysis. The CATI facility employs 30 full-and part-time telephone interviewers with a full-time supervisor and computer programmer trained in the newest software programs.
CUS' Survey Research Unit has seen a recent increase in community-based research projects focusing on urban health issues. Recent research partners include: National Institute of Environmental Sciences and the University of Michigan School of Public Health, University of Michigan's School of Social Work, and the Urban Institute for the National Institute of Justice.