Data Collection

Without data, empirical social science falls flat. The CSSR partners with researchers across Notre Dame to develop, implement, and execute data collection strategies appropriate for the research problems within a budget. The team has expertise in identifying potential data sources, as well as acquiring, organizing, and utilizing data from various agencies and repositories, such as the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, and various government agencies.

CSSR staff are experts at designing, programming, populating, and maintaining social science research databases through complex web surveys, implementation of web crawling and data scraping techniques, and fielding mobile data collection and information services solutions. Our data collection services include assisting researchers with developing data management plans as well as archiving and sharing data from completed projects. Data collection strategies are also important to ensure that the data being collected meets the needs of your preferred analytical methods.

Aside from helping you choose the appropriate tools, we can:

  • Build, test, and assist in deploying data collection via a mobile app or information service
  • Manage back-end operations (i.e. hosting locally or in the cloud)
  • Provide best practices and expertise with data management and analysis