- The UMass-Boston campus has a Center for Survey Research (CSR).
- study design and sampling
- survey instrument development and evaluation (including focus groups, cognitive interviews, and pretests)
- data collection (including telephone, in-person, and mail and web interviews, as well as specialized survey data collection procedures such as interactive voice recognition [IVR] and audio-CASI)
- foreign language interviewing
- coding and data entry
- data analysis and reporting
- For survey design software go here.
- The Amazon Mechanical Turk service provides low-cost access to a pool of subjects to take surveys and participate in randomized experiments.
Off-campus resources used by members of the UMass community:
- Fantastic Transcripts
- LR Transcripts. Email Lynn at email@example.com
- Arnell Transcription Services - Luann@Arnellofficeservices.com
- Free software: PRAAT
- The Amazon Mechanical Turk service provides low-cost access to a pool of volunteers who transcribe audio and visual materials.
- Excellent advice for how to self-transcribe interviews from an SBS grad alum:
I used a three-step process to dictate, transcribe, then edit my transcripts. It saved me time and reduced the repetitive stress of typing. Here's a quick how-to:
1. Use headphones to listen to the audio recording of your interview/focus group on an MP3player (like an iPod shuffle), press pause when you hear a relevant passage, then repeat it out loud into an audio recorder, preferably set to "skip silence." Repeat until your recording is complete. You should now have a new audio file with your voice "quoting" the original recording. I used the HT Professional Recorder to record my own voice. It's a $7 application for the iPhone.
2. Load the new audio file onto your Mac and transcribe it using a software application trained to recognize your voice. I used Scribe. Not cheap ($150), but about 90% accurate.
3. Now, to catch and correct any errors, listen to your new audio file while proofreading your transcription, and presto! I used Express Scribe (the free version) and programmed key-command short-cuts to slow, quicken, or pause the audio file as I made corrections.
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