Tracing and Locating Services

The University of Wisconsin Survey Center maintains first-rate tracking resources and staff. The Tracing and Locating Department serves to provide support on projects by obtaining telephone numbers and/or addresses of respondents selected for our surveys. Using various state-of-the-art locating tools, which include nation-wide credit bureau databases, CD-ROM directories, professional web-based information resources, combined with other "hands-on" investigative research methods, the Tracing and Locating Department assists the UW Survey Center in achieving very high response rates with difficult-to-reach populations. For example, the UWSC attained an 81.3% response rate on a recent, large, low-income population study.