Research & Analysis

Weldon Cooper Center professionals are known for conducting top quality research, independently and under contract, on a range of topics in the public interest. Cooper Center expert researchers know how to ask the right questions, responsibly analyze data, and develop sound, practical conclusions for public and private organizations across Virginia.

Economic Analysis

Economic Analysis

The Center for Economic & Policy Studies is dedicated to applying economic analysis to the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policy and to providing a better understanding of local and regional economies.

Services

  • Economic impact analyses, environmental economic analyses, cost/benefit analyses, regulatory analysis and design
  • Economic forecasting and regional economic modeling
  • Program evaluation
  • Policy development
  • Tax rate and VDOT studies
  • Location studies
  • Government effectiveness measurement
Population Studies

Population Studies

The Demographics Research Group conducts practical and policy-oriented analysis of census and demographic data under contract; and communicates rigorous research and its policy implications to clients through meaningful, intuitive publications, and presentations.

Services

  • Population estimates and population projections
  • School enrollment projections
  • Census data analysis
  • Data extraction and analysis
  • Data-driven policy development
  • Data mapping and visualization
  • Demographics for workforce development, urban planning, transportation, housing, and healthcare settings
Survey research

Survey Research

With its expert faculty, experienced staff and advanced technical facilities, the Center for Survey Research brings the best tools of social science to the service of researchers inside and outside the University of Virginia.

Services

  • Survey design and development, survey data collection, and survey sampling
  • Statistical analyses of results
  • Field operations for surveys, telephone, in person, mail, and web-based surveys
  • Focus groups