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Welcome to the SSRL

The Social Sciences Research Laboratories, or SSRL, provides access to specialized research infrastructure (computers, equipment and software) and research space (specific and multi-purpose). Additionally, the SSRL provides access to research supports in the form of specialists with backgrounds and training in specific social science research methodologies (e.g., quantitative and survey research; qualitative research; experimental research; mapping, GIS and spatial analyses).

The SSRL Consists of Seven Research Laboratories

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Experimental Decision Laboratory

EDL Facilities and Services

The Experimental Decision Laboratory (EDL) assists researchers in conducting applied behavioural experiments.

 

Available facilities include:

  • A 23 computer station lab equipped with a SMART Board and modular meeting table.
  • Five highly portable eye tracking systems.
  • Laptops and iPads that can be signed out to assist with onsite or mobile data collection.

Services offered include:

  • Development of research proposals using experimental methodologies.
  • Assistance with the development of experimental designs, methods and tools.
  • Custom programming of online and/or in lab studies using E-Prime, Z-Tree, Qualtrics, Python, PHP, HTML and JavaScript.
  • Recruitment of participants for online and in-lab studies through the SSRL Research Participant Group (RPG).
  • Creation of data visualizations and infographics.
EEG Hyperscanning Laboratory

EHL Facilities and Services

Coming soon!

Qualitative Research Laboratory

QRL Facilities and Services

The Qualitative Research Laboratory (QRL) provides resources for researchers conducting qualitative and exploratory research.

 

Available facilities include:

  • A 10 computer station lab equipped with NVivo software.
  • Interview and focus group meeting rooms.
  • Digital audio recorders, laptops and iPads that can be signed out to assist with research studies.

Services offered include:

  • Development of research proposals using qualitative methodologies.
  • Transcription of interview and focus group recordings (full and clean transcription services available).
  • Interview and focus group recruitment and moderation services.
  • Qualitative analysis and NVivo training.
  • Environmental scans and literature reviews.
Spatial Analysis For Innovation in Health Research Laboratory

SAFIHR Facilities and Services

The Spatial Analysis For Innovation in Health Research (SAFIHR) laboratory assists researchers in the creation, management, analysis and presentation of spatial information.

 

Available facilities include:

  • 10 Windows workstations with several Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related software.
  • Two Mac workstations for tool creation, data collection and data visualization.
  • Five field data collection suites that include a laptop, tablet, and handheld computers, cameras, activity monitors and communication tools.

Services offered include:

  • Development of research proposals using GIS technology and spatial analysis.
  • Acquisition, enhancement, maintenance and dissemination of digital spatial databases.
  • Research and development of GIS-related tools and technologies.
  • Mapping and cartography services.
  • Provision of spatial and GIS-related training for faculty, students and staff using ArcGIS.
Survey and Group Analysis Laboratory

SGAL Facilities and Services

The Survey and Group Analysis Laboratory (SGAL) supports researchers in conducting telephone, online and mixed-mode surveys.

 

Available facilities include:

  • A 20 seat telephone survey lab that may be expanded to 43 stations for large studies.
  • A 16 seat focus group room equipped with audio and video recording, SMART Board and teleconference capabilities.
  • Laptops and iPads that can be signed out to assist with onsite or mobile data collection.

Services offered include:

  • Development of research proposals using quantitative and survey research methodologies.
  • Assistance with the creation and refinement of survey tools (questionnaires) and methods.
  • Complete survey administration and oversight – surveying in multiple languages is available.
  • Quantitative analysis (using SPSS, SAS or Stata) and reporting services.
  • Custom training using the Qualtrics Online Survey Suite.
Social Network Laboratory

SNL Facilities and Services

The Social Network Laboratory (SNL) provides support and resources to researchers in conducting social network analysis and interpretation.

 

Available facilities include:

  • A 6 computer station lab equipped with a colour printer and scanner.
  • Laptops and iPads that can be signed out to assist with onsite or mobile data collection.

Services offered include:

  • Development of research proposals using social network analysis.
  • Support in the identification and/ or creation of relational data (i.e., questionnaires, interviews, direct observation, archival material).
  • Custom programming, data queries and statistical analysis using R, SPSS, SAS or Stata.
  • Creation of social network models and visualizations using UCINet, NetDraw and KrackPlot.
Video Therapy Analysis Laboratory

ViTAL Facilities and Services

The Video Therapy Analysis Laboratory (ViTAL) provides space and technology to assist researchers in the collection and analysis of qualitative and intervention research.

 

Available facilities include:

  • A two-person interview/ data collection room equipped with multi-angle high resolution cameras.
  • A three-person interview/ data collection room equipped with multi-angle high resolution cameras.
  • Data analysis space that allows for the annotation and analysis of audio and video data in real time.

Services offered include:

  • Development of research proposals using qualitative methodologies and intervention research.
  • Annotation and analysis of audio and video data.
  • Transcription of interview and focus group recordings (full and clean transcription services available).
  • Interview and focus group recruitment and moderation services.
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis and reporting services.