Services & Resources

Space is available in SRC for use by SRC project staff.  Four private rooms are available for conducting telephone interviews, listening/viewing audio and video recordings, and storage of project supplies and equipment.  In addition, the SRC is fully equipped with PC workstations and software for data entry and statistical analysis.

Data collection equipment
is available for researchers to use,  including digital voice recorders, tablet computers, and video cameras.

Grant proposal assistance includes development of budgets, justifications and other proposal sections as needed, assistance with submission process (assembling materials, ensuring completeness, routing through UW system).

Research project support includes help with IRB approval process, monitoring budget and administrative support to projects, data collection, data set construction, documentation and management., and assistance with reports.   Staff are experienced in large dataset management and file manipulation, including file translation, file conversion, and readying data for transport over multiple-platform computing environments and across diverse operating systems.  Programmers are also familiar with a wide variety of secondary data including Census, Vital Records, National Health Survey, Medicaid and Medicare cost data.
Manuscript formatting includes checking journal formatting requirements for researchers and ensuring that manuscripts are formatted correctly, ensuring compliance with NIH publication public access policy  requirements.

The data repository is a growing collection of de-identified digital audio recorded patient-provider encounters that are available for research use.

Protection of data is a key SRC resource.  SRC preserves the privacy, confidentiality, and security of protected health information that may be part of research datasets.  PC workstations are equipped with headphones for coders to listen to audio recordings privately, rooms are available for private coding of video recordings, locked cabinets are available to researchers for data storage, and secure backup storage of computer files is provided on dedicated servers.

Protected Health Information (PHI) is handled according to appropriate Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Regulations.  Research staff who work with PHI are required to complete appropriate HIPAA training and periodic updates.  All personal computers and servers are located in lockable offices.  The server room is accessible only to designated systems administrators.  Original data tapes and backup tapes are stored in locked offices with copies secured in at least one other off-site location.  All computer printouts resulting from analysis of data are stored in locked offices and shredded to dispose.  All employees receive training in data confidentiality and are required to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to beginning any research.