Survey Research Office

The Survey Research Office is a unit within the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The Survey Research Office (SRO), located within the Center for State and Policy Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield, has a long history of providing applied research services to a diverse range of clients including state and local governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. The office has particular strengths in all aspects of survey research (from questionnaire design to analysis), conducting focus groups and in-depth interviews, and program evaluation. Some of our current and previous clients include Hospital Sisters Health Systems, Memorial Medical Center, the American Lung Association, the City of Springfield, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and The Illinois Department of Transportation.  We invite you to learn more about our research and services by contacting us.


Recent News

We are currently collecting telephone survey responses for the 2020 Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey for the Illinois Department of Public Health. This survey asks questions about personal health. We understand that some people have received a similar sounding call that is a scam. The Survey Research Office never asks for financial information, insurance ID numbers, or social security numbers. The only personal information we may request is a first name to ask for if a person asks us to call them back at a later time. Even then, the name is never attached to the actual responses provided. If you get a call from someone and wish to verify the credibility of the survey you can always ask to speak to a supervisor or call the Survey Research Office directly at (217) 206-6591.

For more information about the Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey for the Illinois Department of Public Health please click here.


UIS Survey Research Office Welcomes Dr. Alan Simmons

Dr. Alan J. (AJ) Simmons is proud to be the new Director of the UIS Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies (ILLAPS) and the Survey Research Office (SRO). In his role, AJ hopes to help people, governments, and organizations collect actionable data to make informed, evidence-based, decisions. AJ previously worked in the SRO as the Graduate Research Assistant prior to completing his PhD in Political Science from Arizona State University and leading a team of researchers for the Arizona state government. He is married to Valerie and they have two daughters. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, their two dogs, reading, hiking, fishing, playing/watching soccer, and gardening.


Professional Affiliations

SRO is aAASRO charter member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Transparency Initiative (TI). As a TI member, the Office is committed to holding up the goal of transparency in research and to conducting research in conformance with AAPOR’AAPOR TI_CharterMembers code of ethics. The Office is also affiliated with the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO). AASRO members are committed to advancing the goals of the academic survey research center community and the social and behavioral sciences generally.

Statement on Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)

Due to a July 2015 declaratory ruling by the Federal Communications Commission, all telephone interviewing (both landline and cellular) at SRO is conducted manually (i.e. without the assistance of autodialing). This is to ensure compliance with the FCC’s interpretation of the TCPA.