Supporting every successful survey is a strong data-collection tool.

At the University of Southern California’s Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR), we have developed NubiS, an accessible and versatile software for administering a questionnaire.

NubiS is a complete data collection tool that has been developed by the team behind the Understanding America Study (UAS) panel at the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California.

NubiS runs on any server, PC, laptop, or netbook as well as on Android tablets or smartphones. The NubiS system includes all the traditional modes of data collection like self-administered, face-to-face, and telephone interviewing. NubiS can also collect continuous information from smartphones, tablets, or other external devices like accelerometers, GPS devices, blood pressure meters, and other biomedical devices. This information can be combined with survey data and for example used to prompt or ask questions to respondents.

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Previous Work

Since the start of NubiS’ development in 2014, it has been the foundation of CESR’s Understanding America Study (UAS), a panel of households representing the entire United States. Many leading institutions of government and education use NubiS for data collection, either themselves administering surveys or else as a part of the UAS. They include (but not limited to):

  • Edward Roybal Learning Center
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Los Angeles County Government
  • National Institute on Aging
  • Pew Research Center
  • Social Security Administration
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Southern California
  • American Society of Health Economists
  • Cornell University
  • Department of International Development – Myanmar Project
  • Military Teenagers’ Environment, Exercise, and Nutrition Study
  • Personal Networks Project – UC Berkeley
  • WITS University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Sydney
  • Harvard University
  • University of California, Berkeley (Personal Networks)
  • Vanderbilt University (VUSNAPS)
  • Brandeis University

Services and Pricing

If you are interested in using NubiS for a survey but do not want to develop or manage it, the NubiS development team provides the following services:

  • Hosting
  • Design (e.g., advice on best practices)
  • Programming
  • Sample management (either by leveraging the UAS panel or via your custom sample)
  • Data cleaning and analysis

Standard prices are:

  • $2,000 hosting cost
  • $5,000 for a simple survey
  • $7,500 for a moderately complex survey
  • $10,000 for a highly complex survey

Should your survey require more advanced or custom features, assistance can be provided at a fixed daily rate of:

  • $2,500 for a senior programmer
  • $1,750 for a middle level programmer
  • $1,500 for a junior programmer

Please note that these prices are indicative in nature. For a custom quote, email here.