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The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is located on the main academic campus of the University of Cincinnati. The University of Cincinnati is a state-supported, Research I institution located in Southwest Ohio.
Since its establishment in 1971, the IPR has developed nationally recognized capabilities in survey research. The Institute conducts complex, large-scale surveys. The Institute's professional staff has experience in a variety of data collection modes, including: via telephone, mail and Web-based surveys as well as in-person interviews, focus group discussions and direct observations. Additionally, IPR staff have extensive experience developing research designs and methodologies including: needs assessment, program evaluation, content analysis, scale development and validation, time-series and cluster analysis.
The IPR has state-of-the-art computer capabilities for data analysis, data tabulation and data management.
Telephone interviewing takes place in a supervised, central facility located within the Institute using a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system. Mail surveys and Web-based surveys are also handled in-house with tools such as optical-scanning for mail surveys and Web middleware on dedicated servers with secure access for Web-based surveys.
The IPR hosts the Social, Behavioral and Health Science Data Archive providing access and support for use of secondary data collections for research and instruction. The holdings include studies from a variety of sources: the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the National Opinion Research Center, the International Survey Library Association (Roper Center), the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, the National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Ohio Department of Development Office of Strategic Research.