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About ISR

The Institute for Survey Research (ISR) at Temple University is starting its 45th academic year. ISR has a long history of providing survey research services to investigators throughout the country. We have experience with RDD telephone frame, national household door-to-door, web and interactive voice recognition surveys. ISR has had successful experiences training local interviewers in cities and neighborhoods and our distinct niche is door-to-door interviews in urban areas with vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations.

ISR is one of a few academic survey research institutes with registered access and experience with the Vietnam Era Twin (VET) Registry. The VET Registry is a closed cohort composed of approximately 7,000 middle-aged male-male-twin pairs both of whom served in the military during the time of the Vietnam conflict (1964-1975). The Registry is a United Stated Department of Veteran Affairs resource that was originally constructed from military records; the Registry has been in existence for almost 20 years. Initially formed to address questions about the long-term health effects of service in Vietnam, the Registry has evolved into a resource for genetic, epidemiological studies of mental and physical health conditions. Several waves of mail and telephone surveys have collected a wealth of health-related information on Registry twins.

ISR is currently collaborating with Dr. Mansour Fahimi, Vice President of Statistical Research Services at Marketing Systems Group (MSG). Together we offer our clients cutting-edge services for survey research design, administration, and the latest methods for data analytics. Dr. Fahimi adds over 20 years of hands-on experience with sampling techniques and post-survey data enhancement procedures including nonresponse bias analysis, imputation of missing data, computation of survey weights, and methods for variance estimation. As a leading researcher in the areas of dual-frame (landline and cellphone) random digit dialing (RDD) and address-based sampling (ABS) methodologies, he has been working on refinements for these methods by minimizing under-coverage and eliminating inconsistent practices for sampling and weighting applications.

We invite you to browse our website and contact us with any questions. We are happy to provide a free initial consult.

Heidi E. Grunwald, PhD
Managing Director, ISR
Temple University