The Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory 

The Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) at the Social Science Research Center has been conducting scientifically-based survey research for over 30 years. Using local, state, and national samples, the laboratory has collected data for over 600 research projects. For telephone-based surveys, the SRL maintains a state-of-the-art call center with 30 interviewer call stations. The laboratory utilizes a robust CATI (computer-assisted-telephone-interviewing) system and the data collection process is based on rigorous sampling methodology. The SRL regularly employs both address-based frames and dual-frame RDD samples that account for cellphone-only households. At maximum capacity, the SRL can administer over 5,000 telephone-based surveys per month. Quality control of the data is maintained through targeted video and audio monitoring of each call station. The SRL is staffed by two social scientists, three research assistants, two computer programmers, and more than 50 telephone interviewers. Staff members are highly trained in survey interviewing and certified by Mississippi State University’s Institutional Review Board. The SRL operates seven days per week, for eleven and half months per year. The surveys conducted by the SRL cover a broad range of research topics including: healthcare, education, behavioral risk factors, children’s wellbeing, vocational rehabilitation, watershed management, disaster response, and the state of the economy. Past clients include: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Mississippi State University, the SRL also conducts the only scientifically-based public issues survey in the state of Mississippi – The Mississippi Poll.

Survey Research Laboratory Website


For more information please contact:

John F. Edwards, Ph.D.
Coordinator of SSRC Laboratories
Mississippi State University
Social Science Research Center
One Research Blvd., Suite 103
Starkville, MS 39759
Telephone: (662) 325-9726