RESEARCH ACTIVITIES – Survey Research2019-02-06T14:53:26+00:00

Survey Research

Sample Frame Research: Research on potential sample frames.

Sample Frame Development: Compilation of data to construct the sample frame.

Sample Selection: Use of sophisticated statistical sample selection methods for selecting unbiased and efficient samples in single or multi-stage sampling.

Survey Design: Design of survey instruments and procedures for survey implementation.

Survey Testing: Cognitive testing of survey wording and design to ensure that results are meaningful.

Survey Implementation: Implementation and management of in-person, telephone, and mail surveys.

Survey Data Analysis: Analysis and interpretation of survey data.

Survey Research Outputs

  • Survey design plan
  • Survey respondent targets
  • Survey data
  • Survey analysis and results

APPRISE Survey Research

Below we provide a few examples of some of our recent projects that included survey research.   Click the tabs below to learn more about these projects, or see here for a full list of projects that included survey research.

APPRISE supported the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board in research on barriers to commercial and industrial customer participation in energy efficiency programs. The research included a survey with Connecticut businesses that focused on reasons for incomplete program participation, use of financing for energy efficiency investments, and support that utilities can provide to encourage increased program participation. Information from the survey is intended to be used to refine program marketing and potentially provide additional options to reduce barriers to participation.

South Jersey Gas has been operating energy efficiency programs in coordination with the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) since 2009. The programs provide additional rebates and financing to customers who participate in the NJCEP residential and commercial and industrial programs. APPRISE conducted an evaluation of these programs to assess program design, implementation, and impacts. The research included interviews with program administrators, contractors, and participants; surveys with participants of three different programs; analysis of the impacts of the programs on natural gas usage; and assessment of the non-energy impacts of the programs.

APPRISE conducted surveys of LIHEAP recipients in 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2018. The most recent survey of 2018 LIHEAP recipients updated information about LIHEAP-recipient households that was collected in the previous surveys. These surveys documented changes in the affordability of energy bills, the need for LIHEAP, and the choices that low-income households make when faced with unaffordable energy bills. The 2018 Survey interviewed recipients in eight states. Stratified samples of fiscal year 2018 LIHEAP recipients were selected from each of the eight state LIHEAP databases. The study characterized the LIHEAP population for 2018 and documented the challenges that these households face in addition to their energy bills.

APPRISE conducted an evaluation of California’s Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes and Multi-Family Affordable Solar Homes programs. The programs provide solar incentives to customers of three investor-owned utilities in California. The programs aim to stimulate the adoption of solar power in affordable housing, improve the quality of affordable housing, increase energy affordability for low-income households, and increase awareness and knowledge of the benefits of solar power among affordable housing occupants and developers. As a subcontractor in this research, APPRISE conducted interviews with the program administrators and conducted surveys with participating homeowners, participating building managers, and nonparticipating building managers.

NYSERDA’s EmPower Program provides cost-effective electric reduction measures to low-income households. These measures include lighting and refrigerator replacements, insulation, air sealing, heating system repair and replacement, and health and safety measures. The program provides in-home energy use education to customers to assist them with strategies for managing their energy costs. Participants are also invited to energy-use management and financial management workshops held in communities across the state. APPRISE conducted surveys with EmPower Program participants to assess pre- and post-program energy use and potential opportunities to refine the program. APPRISE conducted surveys with nonparticipants to assess barriers to program participation.