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Questionnaire: What are YOUR research needs?

photo of a phone and graphThe Center for Applied Research and Evaluation (CARE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville provides top quality research services to a multitude of clients on local, state, and national levels.

In 2009, the College of Social Work’s Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) acquired the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), renaming it CARE. Under the direction of Linda Daugherty, who oversaw SSRI projects for over seven years and serves as CARE’s Assistant Director, SSRI staff have successfully accommodated the survey research needs of a wide range of customers in the fields of social work, transportation, civil engineering, public health, education, child care, human services, and exercise science, among others.

“If you go into research, you should never take a data set for granted. No serious researcher underestimates the importance of unbiased data that have been accurately gathered, recorded, and documented. No matter how sophisticated or statistically savvy the analysis may be, the end result of a research project will never be any better than the initial data.”
Linda Daugherty- Linda Daugherty
Assistant Director, CARE

Our expertise allows us to be involved at any stage of a project, from research design to implementation, analysis, and reporting. Our data-collection strategies are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client for managing information and answering important research questions.

Many factors determine the overall cost of each project, and these are discussed with the project's key stakeholders before implementation.

How to Get a Project Started

The Center would like to consult with you about your project. Let us help you assess your needs and design a solution that will facilitate data collection to meet your research specifications. We will provide cost estimates enabling you to make appropriate decisions that are in line with your project budget. Our team can take that raw data, code it, tabulate it, and even assist with statistical analysis and report development.
Click here to let us know about your specific research needs (questionnaire opens in a new window)

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Contact This Department

Center for Applied Research
& Evaluation
UT Conference Center
600 Henley Street, Suite 209
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-2819
           (865) 974-2730
Fax: (865) 974-7541

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CARE is a division
of the College of Social Work
Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS)