In addition to the company’s capabilities as a leading statistical survey research organization, Westat has developed skills and experience in custom research and program evaluation studies across a broad range of subject areas. Westat also has the technical expertise in survey and analytical methods, computer systems technology, biomedical science, and clinical trials.
Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 1,900 are located at its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC. Depending on the number of active projects at any time, up to several thousand data collection and processing staff work at Westat's survey processing facilities, at the Telephone Research Center facilities, and at data collection sites throughout the nation. Westat also maintains research offices near its clients in Durham, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; and Houston, Texas.
The company combines the relevant program area expertise with the capabilities to perform major survey research projects: study design and analysis, methodology, survey data collection, information technology, and web evaluation and design.
WesVar is a software package that computes estimates and replicate variance estimates for data collected using complex sampling and estimation procedures. Complete information is available at the WesVar home page
Westat is the distributor in the United States and Canada for the Blaise family of software, a complete survey processing system. Complete information is available at the Blaise home page
Ownership by employees provides a stable organizational framework for long-term growth and development. All employees can earn a share of ownership through the Westat Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Since the introduction of the plan in 1977, the value of employee holdings has grown with the company’s success as a research organization and with the growth of the staff. Stock earned through the ESOP supplements other fringe benefits, which include a 401(k) plan, health and life insurance, and vacation, holiday, and sick time. Advanced degrees and professional development activities are supported by reimbursement for approved college courses and for attendance at professional meetings.
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|2||IMS Health Inc.||1,958.6||8.9|
|3||Taylor Nelson Sofres||1,851.1||2.5|
Westat’s main campus is located in Rockville, Maryland, with additional staff offices near its clients in Atlanta, Georgia; Durham, North Carolina; and Houston, Texas. The company’s interviewing, field operations, and survey data processing facilities are located throughout the nation:
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