Collecting and Acquiring Data

The LATIS Research Development Team assists researchers in developing data collection or survey instruments with a variety of programs, tools, and delivery methods. Contact surveys@umn.edu for more information or to schedule time in the Social and Behavioral Science Laboratory.

Research Programming

Programming and development of data collection tools:

  • Research software, such as z-Tree, PsychoPy, E-Prime, Inquisit, and Qualtrics
  • Custom web- or lab-based applications using Python, Scala, CSS/Javascript, MATLAB, etc.
  • Database design, including schema and query optimization, in mySQL, Postgres, and MSSQL
Social and Behavioral Science Laboratory (SBSL)

Capacity for up to 36 participants at once in a controlled environment computer lab

  • Managed dissemination of data collection programs and merging of data across computers
  • Support for precision timing/display tasks and real-time group interactions
  • Separate waiting and instruction rooms; privacy carrels around all computers
Mixed Methods Data Collection
  • Design consultation for interviews, focus groups, and other methodologies
  • Assistance with scraping and API-based tools for web and social media data collection