The methodology and procedures of any project undertaken by the Center must meet rigorous scientific standards, and the results of all projects are in the public domain. Each project at the Center is overseen by a senior staff member who is responsible for both the substance of the project and the budget concerns. CSR projects have focused on areas such as health and health care, employment, education, mental health, substance use, environmental impacts, gerontology, law and criminal justice, public policy, and social service needs. Please follow the links to the left for descriptions of some of our recent projects.

Examples of Recent or Current CSR Projects

At any point in time, CSR usually has 15 to 30 active research projects. Hence, any short list will necessarily be an incomplete set of examples.  However, the current portfolio of projects includes:

CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems). This program of research, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), was begun in 1995 to develop widely used survey instruments to gather consistent measurement of patients’ health care experiences.   CSR has been part of a team based at Harvard (now at Yale) since the inception of the project, playing a central role in question evaluation and field testing activities.

Surveys of Youths in Schools.  The Center has been responsible for coordinating the collection of Youth Health Surveys in schools for the Mass. Department of Public Health since 2004 and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys, sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, since 2007.

Estimating Error Due to Nonresponse.  Funded by The National Science Foundation, the Center is currently conducting a study of the error due to nonresponse in surveys conducted by telephone and those using Interactive Voice Recognition methodologies.

Physician Perceptions of Overuse of Tests and Treatments.  Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center is currently working with the Lown Institute to survey national samples of primary care doctors and specialists about their perceptions related to the causes and consequences of overuse of medical care in the United States.

Surveys of Boaters and Boating.  Funded by state and regional ocean planning agencies, working with the Urban Harbors Institute at UMB, the Center has conducted a series of innovative surveys of recreational boat owners from Maine to North Carolina, mapping the trips they take on the ocean through a combination of web surveys and geographic mapping software.  The study shows how the ocean is being used recreationally and also provides the basis for estimating the economic impacts of recreational boating along the East Coast.  A follow-up project is surveying harbor masters about dredging that has been done, and is needed, to estimate the economic impacts of dredging that is done and that is delayed.