Online Survey Methods

Online surveys provide a powerful research tool. They are inexpensive, easy to administer, flexible and provide timely, reliable results. ILJ’s expertise in sound online survey research methods includes survey design, pilot surveys, sampling, respondent privacy and confidentiality, increased response rates, and data analysis. ILJ has worked with federal, state, and local clients to develop and implement online surveys for training satisfaction, assessment, and evaluation.

Past Projects

Preventative Radiological and Nuclear Detection Workshop and Training Evaluations, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office

As part of our ongoing work with the Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, ILJ regularly conducted online survey evaluations for various preventative radiological and nuclear detection training courses and workshops.

Operation Partnership

Working closely with national police and private security organizations, ILJ conducted Operation Partnership to examine law enforcement-private security partnerships throughout the nation. The project included a national online survey of private security and law enforcement to identify partnerships; and in-depth interviews with more than 70 partnerships that shared information and resources, and that provide joint responses to address homeland security, public disorder, and other public safety issues. A comprehensive report will soon be published that includes numerous partnership examples, as well as guidelines for forming and strengthening law enforcement-private security partnerships. Operation Partnership was supported by the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Violence Against Women on Campus

Under a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), ILJ conducted a process evaluation of 39 grantees funded under the Violence Against Women Act to address sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, and other forms of violence against women on campus. As part of this study, ILJ conducted Internet-based student surveys to identify levels of victimization, student reporting, and student perspectives of campus safety and administrative responses to violence against women.

Private Security Screening

For Hallcrest Systems, ILJ conducted an Internet survey of private security personnel. The study, done for the Department of Homeland Security, dealt with the cost and management of security screening for private security personnel. The Internet survey was based on email contact referring the audience to a website that contained the survey. Survey results from 163 respondents were automatically loaded into a database for analysis. ILJ did the statistical analysis of results for Hallcrest Systems.

Insider Threats to Private Security

For Hallcrest Systems, ILJ conducted an Internet survey of private security personnel on the potential for "insider threat" to private security. The study, done for the Department of Homeland Security, dealt with the potentially most dangerous threats in the many areas where security is provided by private sector companies. Building upon the experience of the earlier Internet survey of the private security, ILJ added additional techniques to increase the response rate significantly. ILJ did the statistical analysis and provided the results to Hallcrest for the final analysis and reporting.

Sample Publications and Products

Online surveys are designed for targeted use by specific clients, and are not available for demonstration. Please contact Ed Connors at ILJ for more information: .

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