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Research Services

As an academic-based research organization, ECPIP offers its services to government agencies and public policy-related non-profit organizations. In order to engage ECPIP’s services, the research agenda should focus on a matter of public policy that has an impact on the lives of residents. ECPIP offers a reputation for integrity, quality, and objectivity in all its research services.

Review our Standard Conditions of Engagement.

Custom Designed Research Projects

The majority of ECPIP’s contract research is tailored to the particular needs of the client. This may involve a telephone survey with residents who live in a particular travel corridor, an in-person survey of New Jersey’s homeless population, a mail survey or internet survey of residents who use a particular service, or focus group discussions with representatives of an agency’s client base.

ECPIP research staff work with the client to develop all research materials, including questionnaires and discussion guides. ECPIP can develop new questionnaires, utilize ideas generated by the client, and develop instruments based on other materials. ECPIP will also work with the client to determine the most appropriate sampling framework and selection of research participants. ECPIP provides data collection services and data analysis and reporting services.

As a unit of Rutgers, ECPIP is able to offer lower overhead rates than private research firms. As part of the State University of New Jersey, government agencies find it relatively easy to engage ECPIP’s services. Contact us for Research Services.
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Telephone Surveys

The majority of ECPIP’s research is conducted using telephone interviews. This is generally the most effective means to obtain a representative sample. Telephone surveys are used whenever telephone contact information is available for all or nearly all potential survey participants. This may include statewide or regional “probability” samples based on random digit dialing or a “census” based on a clientele list.

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Mail Surveys

Mail surveys can be used when inadequate telephone information is unavailable to contact respondents or where the cost of telephone interviewing may be prohibitive. However, with lower costs comes generally lower response rates. ECPIP seeks to maximize response through a series of follow-up reminder mailings.

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Internet Surveys

ECPIP has conducted a number of Internet surveys in the past few years, using the same rigorous standards as our other research methodologies. Web-based survey instruments allow for less error and better quality data than mail surveys. This option is useful when the participant pool is likely to use the Internet.

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In-Person Surveys

For selected projects, ECPIP may be able to offer in-person interviewing. Projects for which this option would make sense include intercept interviews with clients at their point of service and small neighborhood surveys. In-depth personal interviews are also useful with key informants and community leaders.

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Focus Group Discussions

There are times when the research question may be at a stage where qualitative research is a more suitable option. For example, policy makers can identify an important issue or program, but are unsure how it is viewed by affected citizens.

Focus group research provides the opportunity to hear the attitudes and perceptions of individuals in a group setting in order to gauge the intensity of feeling. The research team can also learn the language people use to communicate information about the issue. This can assist in crafting messages that are guided by the target group's actual rhetoric, giving these messages added credibility.

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Standard Conditions of Engagement

In order to engage ECPIP’s services, the research agenda should focus on a matter of public policy that will have an impact on the life of the citizenry. ECPIP will only employ research methods which, in our judgment, meet accepted standards of practice in the profession. Unless otherwise agreed on between the client and ECPIP, the following conditions of engagement apply for contract work:

Confidentiality -- All participants in the study will be assured that any responses or information they provide will be kept strictly confidential. Under no circumstances will any information which would allow respondents to be individually identified be made available to anyone other than authorized ECPIP personnel without the express consent of the respondent.

Ownership of Data -- All electronic and paper data files will remain the property of ECPIP. Upon request, the client will be provided with a copy of the data file with participant identification removed. If a client wishes to have copies of the instruments, specific arrangements to do so may be made subject to the terms of confidentiality.
Upon request, ECPIP will return any documents, records, or other information provided by the client to conduct the study. ECPIP will destroy all materials and study instruments one year after completion of the study.

Access to Data -- The client may control access to any data collected by ECPIP for a study for a period not to exceed one year from delivery of the final report. After that time, ECPIP is free to use the data in its teaching, research, and public service programs.

Public Representations of Data -- A client who releases any findings from a survey must also be willing to release the complete data report upon request. If, in the judgment of ECPIP, the data collected in a study are publicly misrepresented by the client or anyone else, ECPIP retains the right to issue a public corrective. Under no circumstances may any data from an ECPIP study be used in paid advertising or any paid promotion without written consent.

Principles of Disclosure -- ECPIP complies with the National Council on Public Polls Principles of Disclosure regarding release of the details of a study's methodology and data collection procedures.

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