We provide free consultation to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center members and work with investigators to design customized surveys and qualitative investigations that optimize their budget while ensuring the main research objectives are met. We offer two cost models depending on the nature and scope of the project and services requested. The first is a per unit cost model where users pay a fixed amount per survey, interview, or focus group conducted. The fixed cost is negotiated based on the sample design, mode of data collection, expected response rate, and length of the survey instrument. This model fits best when the services are limited to survey design and implementation. The second cost model is based on effort. Under this model, PSF will charge based on staff and faculty time dedicated to the project. This model works best when the investigators plan to use the PSF for conceptualizing of the project and  measurement objectives, data weighting and analysis, and grant and manuscript preparation.  

Our services include:

  • Sampling and participant recruitment
  • Instrument design and piloting
  • Sample weighting and imputation
  • Cognitive interviewing
  • Focus groups
  • In-depth interviews
  • Grant proposal writing
  • Manuscript preparation
  • GIS mapping
  • Analysis of complex survey data
  • Data harmonization
  • Small area estimation
  • Scale development
  • Psychometric analysis
  • Qualitative analysis