Survey Research Centre staff are members of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). AAPOR is the leading professional organization of public opinion and survey research professionals, with members from academia, media, government, the non-profit sector and private industry. The Survey Research Centre adheres to the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics and Practices and participates in AAPOR conferences and seminars.
Survey Research Centre staff are members of the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO). AASRO is dedicated to the the promotion of excellence and integrity in the conduct of survey research, and the advancement of society and the social and behavioral sciences by promoting the values of academic survey research: methodological innovation, scientifically-grounded data collection practices and public dissemination of important survey research results.
The Statistical Consulting and Collaborative Research Unit (SCCRU) offers services in statistical consultation including, but not limited to study design, data checking and data analysis. The SCCR also promotes interdisciplinary collaborations with experts within the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science to solve complex academic research problems.
The Research Data Centre (SWO-RDC) offers secure access to confidential micro-data from Statistics Canada censuses and surveys. Staffed by a Statistics Canada analyst, SWO-RDC provides statistical software and technical support to researchers from the University of Waterloo or Wilfrid Laurier University.
Surveys conducted by the Survey Research Centre are reviewed and approved by either the University of Waterloo's Office of Research, or through the client's ethics review board.
The Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy monitors the practices and claims of the public opinion and interest group industries, and serves as an educational resource. The Institute maintains an excellent survey methodology bibliography on their website.