Statistics can be generated from different sources. There are those statistics from administrative records and others are from surveys and censuses. Statistics from administrative records are easy to generate especially nowadays records are already in electric format. However, statistics on current issues like opinions and views are usually generated from survey data. Thus, statistical surveys are vehicles to obtain relevant information.
Acknowledging the importance of knowing the opinion and views of its constituents in its decision making, the University of the Philippines Los Baños supported the University Pulse Survey Research Program (UPSRP). This program was established through the leadership of Dr. Zita V.J. Albacea, the current dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, in which the Institute of Statistics serves as the lead unit.
The UPSRP collects data from a probability sample of respondents for a valid use of statistical inference and to have confidence measure in making a decision based on the results of the survey.
The primary mission of UPSRP is to provide university administrators, students, faculty, and staff with reliable information on UPLB constituent’s views concerning academic as well as national relevant issues.
The University Pulse Survey Research Program (UPSRP) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños will be a leading academic organization dedicated to collecting high-quality survey data that are timely, accurate, and reliable by applying and facilitating high standards of social and behavioral research practice for a wide variety of audiences within the university and across community, and national arenas.
Aside in providing reliable information, the creation of UPSRP intends to assist students and faculty in designing and implementing their own survey research projects. It also caters to survey operations need of private individuals and organizations. Specifically, the research program offers consulting on and execution of the following aspects of survey research:
- Survey Planning (questionnaire design, questionnaire reproduction, and sampling strategy)
- Data Collection (sample generation, enumerator’s training, and field operation)
- Data Processing