Survey Research Centre partnership

The Office of Research is partnering with the Survey Research Centre (SRC) on a one-year pilot program to strengthen the quality and success of research grant applications that involve surveys.

The SRC can provide Waterloo researchers with the following help in preparing grant applications at no cost to the researcher:

  • Power/sample size calculations (i.e., determining how many of the target population to survey for the data to be valid and reliable)*
  • Statistical advice on sampling designs, sampling weights and appropriate statistical methodology for analyzing survey data*
  • Advice on which survey mode (i.e., online, phone, mail or mixed mode) is best suited to ensure high-quality data collection
  • Survey question development and structure to reduce bias and help maximize response rates
  • Detailed cost estimates and timelines for survey development, data collection and top-line data analysis - often essential information for developing research budgets
  • One-page short report on power/sample size and statistical methodology for inclusion in the grant application*

The program has limited space and researchers will be considered for the program on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to early career/first-time research grant applicants.

If you have questions or would like to be considered for the program, please contact Beth McLay.

* prepared by the SRC Senior Methodologist, faculty member in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

Free pilot data program

A second support program is available for up to six faculty members to collect free pilot survey data in Winter 2021. Pilot data is often critical when successfully applying for larger grants as it shows proof of concept and allows the conduct of preliminary analysis and more accurate power calculations.

More details:

  • The Office of Research and Survey Research Centre will help up to six faculty collect free, high-quality, pilot data by fielding their own survey research questions through the Survey Research Centre’s annual Waterloo Region Matters Survey this winter 2021.
  • The sample size is n=500 completed surveys among a representative, probability-based sample of Waterloo Region residents using mixed mode methodology (random-digit dialed telephone and web surveys).
  • Five survey questions are required to participate. This has a value of $4,000.
  • The pilot data program has limited space and researchers will be considered for the program on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to early career/first-time research grant applicants. The pilot data must be used for an upcoming research grant application(s) where the research funds will be held at the University of Waterloo.            
  • More information about the Waterloo Region Matters Survey can be found on the SRC website.

Researchers in the pilot data program should contact Beth McLay at the SRC by January 6, 2021 to be considered for the program.